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There are a lot of extreme modifications you can do to increase your gas mileage, but we don't think they're all worth it. Of course the most painfully extreme is buying a new, beige, boring hybrid. There's a whole community of hypermilers who block off their cars' grills with cardboard to cut drag, build their own streamlined bodykits, and draft semis on the highway. None of these changes are practical.
Of course, the best way to cut your fuel bill is to drive less, and we know ten ways to help get you on public transportation.
And whatever you do, don't fall for any of these fake fuel-saving scams.
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No single change to your car is going to make to a sizable bump in your fuel economy, so you need to do them all together: properly inflate your tires, replace your air filter, change your oil, replace your spark plugs, check your wheel alignment.
High RPM are not your friend. Shift like your grandma for better economy.
On the highway, maintain a safe distance from the car ahead and keep your speed level. Don't tailgate, as you'll end up braking and accelerating, braking and accelerating. This eats into your fuel economy.
Change your driving style. Relax behind the wheel and don't pull away from the lights aggressively. Smoothly accelerate like grandma is in the car and you'll get better mileage.
Those dead bodies in your trunk? Dump ‘em. Your fifty-three copies of Top Gear Magazine, EVO, and CAR in the back seat need to go. You're burning fuel carrying that shit around.
If you keep track of your gas mileage over a long period of time, you'll notice that you're driving more efficiently and getting better fuel economy. That's just how humans work. A simple spreadsheet works, but we like the DashCommand app paired with a Kiwi Wifi OBD II scanner. It gets you all your info on your iPhone.
Plan your trips to avoid the typical trappings of ‘city' driving. Taking the one way into downtown that has five lights, seven stop signs, and a train crossing is going to burn more fuel than if you re-route yourself over the highway.
Get up earlier to skip stop-and-go traffic. You're getting terrible mileage when you're stuck bumper to bumper on the highway.
Hauling your coworkers to the office will cut into your gas mileage, but you'll save when they pick you up and you leave your car in the garage. It's up to you to decide if the fuel savings are worth hearing about your coworker's divorce.
Simply combining your trips and errands is a great way to spend less time behind the wheel. Basically, the less you drive, the less you spend on gas. It is the ultimate way to increase your fuel economy.