GRAND REPIDS, MICHAN (DRES) – If you refueled your car in Kent a year ago, AAA says you paid about $ 2.82 a gallon. If you filled in this week, it was closer to $ 4.25. So how can you get the most out of your money?
You’ve probably heard that simple deceleration and the use of cruise control can keep your mileage under control. With Associate Professor of Automotive Engineering at Grand Rapids Brett Atchison driving News 8 drove to find out exactly how much. We set off on the highway with cruise control set at 70 miles per hour.
“That’s the best we’re going to do: 23 (mpg) at 70,” Atchison said as the mileage was displayed on the dashboard screen.
He then reduced the speed to 60 miles per hour.
“Our current is 28 miles per gallon, averaging 27.2,” Atchison said, looking at the mileage readings. “We went from 23 miles per gallon to almost 28, just slowing down to 10 miles per hour.”
While 60 mph on the highway can be a bit slow for most, this illustrates how you can increase mileage by slowing down.
In addition to slowing down, you should check your tires for proper inflation and make sure your car is in good mechanical condition.
And think about giving up your remote launch.
“Warms up; it’s all nice and toasted when you get in the car in the morning. It takes a lot of gas. I mean, you literally get zero miles per gallon when your car is standing there and idling, ”Atchinson said.
Of course, winter will not last forever. It will soon warm up, and when it starts, you may be tempted to push back the window and let in some fresh air – but it will cost you.
“The car has certain aerodynamic properties. When the windows are raised, the car is most aerodynamic. When you lower the windows, you increase the resistance of the car, ”Atchinson said.
Don’t think that mid-range and premium fuels will increase your mileage.
“If the company that built the car says it doesn’t need a premium, don’t run a premium,” Atchison said. “It will literally do no good to your car.”
You can review your route. Many GPS applications now have an option that will find the most efficient route for you.
“These fuel-saving options distract you from city driving. Because this is a stop and go … at idle in traffic, it all really happens where your whole run goes horribly wrong, ”Atchison said.
While there is no single comprehensive idea for increasing your mileage, you can add a few more miles here and there.
“If you even do two or three of the things we talked about, you’ll see the difference in your gas bill,” Atchison said. “The more of these things you can do, the better it will be for you.”