While the obvious answer is to buy the vehicle with the lowest EPA rated gas mileage there are also many other tricks for keeping your costs on the road low. Here are our top 5 ways to keep the fuel bill low.
Drive Safely Within the Limits: Studies have shown that aggressive driving such as speeding to pass or stop and go driving can lower your mileage by up to 33% in some instances. The largest differences are on the freeway when drivers speed well above the limit to pass. The loss is less at low speeds around town but can still lead to a decrease in the overall miles per tank that you can drive.
Keep up With Your Maintenance: While we all know that with new cars you can stretch the amount of time between regular maintenance it will affect your mileage. In fact Toyota vehicles are supposed to be maintained every 5,000 miles for the first year or 15,000 miles. This is to ensure that every part of your brand new vehicle is lubricated, has correct levels of fluids, and tires are rotated and inflated for optimal performance.
Maintain Your Tires: There are all kinds of ways that tires can sway from being in their optimal range. Tires can be off balance slightly and cause the vehicle to pull so slightly that we don’t even notice. However, that doesn’t mean the vehicle doesn’t notice. One tire can become partially deflated, which if you have ever tried to push or pull something with one flat tire you know makes all the difference. Tires can wear unevenly, especially for those of you who have the same commute making all the same turns daily.
Remember to Remove Excess: Get those heavy boxes and clutter out of there. Forgetting to remove large items or just leaving them there for convenience can easily lead up to the weight of an extra passenger or more. Ask any race driver and they’ll tell you this dramatically affects the way a vehicle performs.
Plan Ahead: Get all of your errands ran in the same trip to avoid running back home several times. Depending on your commute and how many trips back and forth you make this trick can lead to a substantial extra loss in useful mileage.