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Gas Mileage Tips: Off-Road and On

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Gas Mileage Tips: Off-Road and On

Better gas mileage means longer—and better—summer road trips. Here are a few tips from our techs on saving precious fuel, both off the road and on it.

Off-Road Driving

  • Got a lift? Get a push. A lift kit makes off-road driving easier, but it adds a little stress to your engine. Consider a few additional upgrades to get better mileage, including a custom in-take, exhaust, or computer module.
  • Clear the air. A dirty engine air filter can cause a 10% decline in mileage. With a custom air filter, you can clean it yourself, making it great for dirty off-roading trips.
  • Choose the right tires. If you are doing a combination of on and off-road driving, use all terrain tires instead of mud terrain to minimize rolling resistance and maximize MPG.

On-Road Driving

  • Park in the shade. Hot summer temperatures mean fuel evaporation. Keep your car in the shade to save on gas.
  • Empty your trunk. Carrying extra weight reduces your gas mileage. To save at the pump, dump what you don’t need in your vehicle.
  • Keep your car in shape. Regular maintenance is the easiest way to increase your gas mileage. Make an appointment to get your oil changed and vehicle inspected before you head out to maximize your mileage.

For more mileage tips, check out the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy website. Got a tip to improve mileage this summer? Leave it in the comments!

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