Busting Gasoline Myths

Posted & filed under Auto Repair Tips & Helpful Strategies.

We’ve all heard tips and tricks to nudge up the miles per gallon we get from our vehicle. But what advice actually helps, and what is just an urban myth?

1. Gas additives and gadgets boost fuel efficiency.

Every so often, a slick company offers a “miracle solution” like a pill or additive to ramp up your miles per gallon. In reality, most of these tricks do NOTHING to improve your mileage, some even put your engine at risk.

2. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
The idea behind this practice is that keeping a higher volume of gasoline in the tank prevents evaporation within the tank. However, modern cars are *designed* to keep fuel vapors inside the tank. The bigger issue for evaporating gasoline is your gas cap. If your gas cap doesn’t seal tightly, gas can slowly evaporate around the cap reducing your MPG. Your gas dollars literally evaporate into thin air!

3. Use Cruise Control for the best MPG.
Maintaining a consistent driving speed can help improve your mileage by preventing twitchy acceleration. Cruise control can be a great way to achieve this! But it is most effective on flat roads. In most cases, seeing and anticipating a hill by increasing speed slowly and ahead of time is more beneficial than letting your cruise control accelerate faster at the last minute. Try to ease up on the gas pedal. Accelerate slowly to avoid wasting extra gasoline, and maintain a consistent speed whenever possible.

Having a properly maintained vehicle can do DEFINITELY great things for your gas mileage! Everything from your air filter to your shocks and struts can affect your fuel efficiency – give our team of ASE-certified technicians a call at 719.632.2167 to schedule your next inspection. Stop paying extra at the pump and reclaim your missing mileage!

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