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You NEED to Try These 8 Fuel Efficiency Tricks!

Saving money on your vehicle — and wherever possible, for that matter, is on your mind these days. Especially when it comes to your vehicle, saving money both short term and long term is a goal all drivers focus on.

You’ve got enough to worry about when it comes to your car. Between insurance, maintenance, payments, and other hassles, we know it can feel overwhelming to take care of your vehicle year after year.

Luckily, we’ve been in the business long enough to know which tips and tricks benefit drivers the most by helping them save on their fuel economy.

If you are ready to save money, prolong your vehicle lifespan, and improve vehicle ownership as a whole by avoiding problems, keep reading! This article will give you eight detailed tips you can try today to make your vehicle more efficient. You’ll save money in the long run and maintain your car for longer.

Let’s dive in!

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8 Tricks that Dramatically Improve Fuel Efficiency


1. Mind Your Weight

The weight of your car, that is. There are no judgments here — except if you are the type of driver to overstuff, overload, or stress the weight of your vehicle by storing a bunch of unnecessary junk inside. Sure, we know that some items are important and rightfully placed in your car, but extra weight can mean extra stress on your car.

Extra weight in your car stresses the engine, forcing it to work harder. It may even cause the engine to run twice as hard, burning more fuel than would generally be required at a lower weight.

2. Reduce Drag

In addition to what is inside of your car, you also need to consider what is on top of your car. Storage items such as roof racks may be convenient or look cool, but they can cause what is known as ‘drag.’ Drag occurs when your vehicle is less aerodynamic, and your engine must work harder to overcome the resistance.

Instead of leaving ski or bike racks on the top of your car all year long, reserve them only for trips when you are using these accessories. You will save yourself a significant amount of drag and improve your fuel efficiency by going without them when not in use.

3. Use the Right Fuel Type

The type of fuel you use is dependent upon the make and model of the car you drive. Whether you use premium, unleaded, or other types of fuel will be determined by your car manufacturer’s recommendations. To get the best answer for which fuel will serve your vehicle best, feel free to give us a call, or contact your vehicle maker or owner’s manual for more information.

Here are some resources on fuel types we know you’ll enjoy:

The Pros & Cons of Non-Ethanol Gasoline
Environmentally Friendly Lubricants
Biodiesel FAQ’s

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4. Your Tires Matter

Don’t ever underestimate the power of your tires — and not just to get you from Point A to Point B, but rather how they influence your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. It is important that you fit your vehicle with the correct tires for your make and model. Your tires should also have what’s called ‘rolling resistance’ for the best longevity and fuel efficiency. Rolling resistance makes it so your tires glide along the road with less effort, reducing strain on your engine, and increasing fuel mileage.

5. Ease Up Off the Pedal

Although we all have moments of wanting to race down the street, or put the ‘pedal to the metal’ so to speak, these impulses foreshadow bad news for your fuel efficiency. The faster your vehicle moves, the greater the drag is on the engine. When you start and stop suddenly, you also burn more fuel.

Reserve any speed racing fantasies for the race track, and instead, treat your vehicle pedal gently. Being mindful of how aggressively you accelerate and decelerate will help improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

6. Avoid Idling for Long Periods

Running your car in idle is convenient in certain situations, but you shouldn’t do so for long. Continuous idling, especially if you drive an older vehicle, burns more fuel than motion does. Although it can be nice to let your car idle on cold, winter mornings, you should only do so for 20 or 30 seconds before driving off. This will ensure the most efficiency and that no fuel is wasted.

7. Mom was Right: Plan Ahead

Have you ever had a list of errands to accomplish that require you to drive all around town, to and from different shops or stores? We’ve all had those days, and there is nothing more disheartening than thinking you are finished only to pull into your driveway and realize you forgot a particular errand. So you turn your car back on and head out once more.

We empathize. Poor planning happens to the best of us, especially if we are overwhelmed or distracted. Mom was right all along — having a plan is the best way to get things done. Plan out your shopping route beforehand so that you don’t waste any mileage or time coming all the way back home.

8. Take Advantage of Cruise Control

Using cruise control is safe, efficient, and recommended if you want to increase fuel efficiency. With cruise control, you reduce the need for constant acceleration and braking, which can significantly reduce your fuel economy.

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Local Fuel Products | Portland, Salem, & Eugene

For decades, MNOP has provided high-quality fuel, gasoline, and other products to gas stations, fleet owners, and other sites across the Pacific Northwest. We primarily serve local cities in the Willamette Valley, including the Portland metro area, Salem, Eugene, and more. We firmly believe that every client we cater to deserves the right fuel at the right time.

We strive to ensure your fleet is fueled up and prepared to hit the road. Around-the-clock, we offer exceptional service to keep your fleet up and running. From our high-quality products to cardlock services, you can count on MNOP to bring you the oil, gas, lubricants, and other high-grade fuels you rely on. For specific product information, visit our Fuel Products Page or Lubricants Page for more information.

Issuing fuel cards to fleet owners and managers is our specialty at MNOP. Fleets in Portland, Salem, and elsewhere in the Willamette Valley rely on us to establish and maintain cardlock accounts. To learn more, check out our other resources on cardlock:

FAQ’s About Cardlock
Cardlock Benefits for Fleet Owners
How Fleet Managers Can Obtain Cardlock

For further reading, check out the great articles over on our Blog Page.

For additional questions, get in touch with our fantastic team at MNOP today. You can expect outstanding customer service, prompt responses to your questions, and an overall positive experience.

Reach our representatives now at (503) 363-7676 or toll-free at (800) 523-7676.

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