Six Tips for Conserving Fuel in Your Dodge Vehicle
Are local fuel prices making you hunt for the best gas stations? Whether the gasoline market is up or down, everyone can save money by being more efficient. These six tips are recommendations from Dodge and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Accelerating consumes fuel, and the more you accelerate, the more you consume. Watch stop lights and the cars in front of you carefully, so you don’t find yourself repeatedly stopping or slowing. Also, try not to go too fast. The DOE reports that for every five miles per hour you drive over 60 mph, your fuel efficiency drops by seven percent. It’s ideal to maintain your current speed as much as possible. On the highway, follow the lead of trucks or other large vehicles, and turn on your cruise control. Lastly, don’t run idle; it burns fuel at zero miles per gallon.
The Right Parts
The better your powertrain and combustion systems, the better your mileage. Stay on top of common maintenance tasks like changing your oil, and replace any misbehaving components with a manufacturer-recommended substitute. Having stock wheels for your Dodge also helps, because they’ve been tested and recommended by Dodge. Switching out different wheels or tires could cost you, even if they’re supposedly more efficient on most models.
When tires aren’t inflated to recommended levels, they have more rolling resistance against the ground. If you don’t have a built-in tire pressure monitoring system, simply check the pressure in each tire once a month and fill to the recommended levels. A label on or near the inside of the driver’s door will show the recommendations.
Limit the AC
Air conditioning can cut mileage by up to 20 percent, but that hardly feels important during the hottest days of the year. If you have to cool down, the DOE recommends opening the windows until you reach 40 mph or higher. Once you’re at higher speeds, the wind resistance of open windows mitigates the efficiency of not using the air conditioning, so close up the windows and feel free to use the AC.
Don’t Haul Too Much
The DOE estimates that a car’s fuel efficiency can drop by two percent for every extra 100 pounds inside. If there’s anything heavy you keep in the back but rarely or never use, consider taking it out. It may be convenient to keep band practice equipment in your car if you have frequent sessions, but every time you drive with it and don’t use it is a lost opportunity to save fuel.
It’s deceptively simple, but the best way to conserve fuel is to drive less. Try to group your weekly errands into one or two trips. Try getting all of your regular shopping done in one day, or maybe you can stop on the way to and from work to get certain tasks done.
One important thing to remember is that the health of a car and the care that it’s given are two of the primary factors for saving fuel in the long run. If you’d like to get a checkup for your Dodge or other vehicles visit our service department soon.
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