How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy

At Nissan of Canton, we are always looking for ways to help our customers with lower fuel costs. We can accomplish this important goal in a few different ways. First, we offer a wide range of fuel-efficient cars including the 2018 Nissan Versa Note and the all-electric 2018 Nissan Leaf. We’d also try to impart our favorite fuel-saving tips to everyone we meet! With that in mind, we here at Nissan of Canton want to share our favorite driving tips to help assist in fuel savings for all our customers.

1. Slow Down

The speed limits in Michigan may vary quite a bit, including up to 75-mph on some of our rural highways. While we understand most of us often go slightly over the speed limit on occasion, doing it too much can waste a great deal of fuel. According to the DOE, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph and for every 5 mph you drive over this relatively low speed you will pay an extra $0.18 per gallon for gas.

2. Keep it Smooth

If you aim to drive more smoothly with fewer stops and starts, you can improve your fuel economy. By being proactive and paying close attention to the flow of traffic will allow you to stay off the gas pedal and brake as much as possible. The DOE claims that rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by roughly 15% to 30% at highway speeds and 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic. Stay smooth also goes for when you're sitting still. Turns out that excessive idling can also lower your fuel economy. Basic idling can waste up to a half gallon of fuel per hour! The best way to avoid this usage is by turning off your car while waiting. It only takes about 10 seconds of gas to restart your car. It's also a great idea to use cruise control as much as possible when driving on the highway.

3. Engine Maintenance

One of the keys to improving fuel economy and the overall health of your vehicle is with consistent engine maintenance. The service experts at Nissan of Canton can't stress enough that a healthy engine can help lower your gas usage. There are a number of problems that you need to look out for including:

  • Clogged air and fuel filters
  • Deteriorated spark plugs that misfire
  • Poor wheel alignment
  • Old oil

All of these make your engine work harder and thus requires you to burn more fuel. The key is to check your owner's manual and find a certified mechanic to do the work.

4. Tire Pressure

One of the easiest ways to save on fuel is by making sure that your tires are at the correct pressure. You can actually improve your fuel efficiency up to 3% with properly inflated tires. We suggest you check tire pressure at least once-a-month and more often during extreme weather.

5. Don't Overload Your Car!

According to the FTC, for every 200 pounds, you add to your car's weight you increase fuel consumption by 2%. If you put stuff on top of your car, like containers or cargo, you can reduce the fuel economy of your car by 5%. So keep it lean and you'll save on gas!