You can’t control the price of gas, but you can control how much you use. You can change how much gas you use several different ways, from buying a fuel-efficient vehicle like the Toyota Prius to carpooling, but you don’t need to change your life to save at the gas pump. Often the most inefficient part of a vehicle is the driver behind the wheel, which means a couple changes in behavior can make significant improvements in your fuel efficiency.
With that in mind, here are six tips that can save you money this spring, no matter what Toyota vehicle you choose to drive.
- Check your tire pressure often. Your tires are the only part of the vehicle that actually touches the road, and being just a couple PSI low can result in lost efficiency. Checking your pressure takes just a second, which makes it a super easy way to improve your fuel economy.
- Clean out your vehicle! Cleanliness is great, but getting rid of junk in the trunk also means you're not hauling around unnecessary weight. If you don't need it in the car, take it out. You'll use less gas when accelerating, thanks to the weight loss, which means savings at the pump.
- Remove unused roof racks, plow frames, and cargo racks. This is a double whammy. Not only are roof racks and plow frames adding weight to your vehicle, they are also hurting your aerodynamic efficiency. Take them off whenever you can and watch your fuel economy improve! There's no way you need that empty ski rack for your Monday morning commute to work.
- Use your fuel economy display. Many modern vehicles like the Toyota Prius or RAV4 will display your fuel economy, whether it’s an average or a real-time reading, making it easy to keep track of how your driving style affects your fuel economy. Often just being aware of your fuel economy will get you driving in a more efficient manner.
- Combine errands. If you need to do several things that require driving, combine them all into one trip! Your vehicle will remain at operating temperature, where it's most efficient, and you'll also drive fewer miles since you won't be going back and forth. That's valuable gas saved!
- Drive slower. I know it's not easy to slow down, but doing so can mean some very real savings. Even dropping down from 70 mph on the highway, which is illegal anyway, to 65 mph will give you a noticeable lift in fuel economy. Plus, that stretch where you're accelerating from 30 mph to highway speed is when you're burning a ton of fuel, so anything saved here helps!
There you have it, six tips that can make a noticeable difference each and every time you fill up the gas tank. There is one thing we left out though – keep your vehicle tuned up and maintained. Fresh spark plugs, air filters and correct alignments will keep you rolling smoothly and let your vehicle work at its best. If your vehicle is due for a tune-up, give us a call or visit our Service Center to set up an appointment. If you prefer to perform your own work, our Boston Toyota parts department has everything you need to do the job right.