Better Fuel Economy On Highways | St. Cloud, MN
You don’t need an electric or hybrid car to get good fuel economy driving I-94 to and from Minneapolis. As you travel on Minnesota highways, these tips can help you improve your gas mileage.
Use cruise control
When you are driving on I-94, you might have the tendency to match the speed of the vehicle in front of you, even if you aren’t aware of it. That urge to always keep accelerating isn’t good for fuel economy.
Using your car’s cruise control can help you maintain a speed that is safer and more fuel efficient. Constant acceleration and braking uses more fuel, so cruise control reduces your need to accelerate and brake.
Many Mitsubishi models at Don Robinson Mitsubishi even have adaptive cruise control systems that adjust the vehicle’s speed automatically if you get too close to the car in front.
Turn on the AC
In the summer, it might be tempting to roll down your windows and enjoy the fresh air. However, when you are traveling on the highway over 60 mph, you should keep those windows and sunroof closed.
Instead, use your car’s air conditioning. If you are driving really fast, open windows can cause drag, which makes the engine work harder and increases its fuel consumption. Another way to reduce drag on highways is to avoid putting roof racks and other storage accessories on top of your car.
If you want a car or SUV that’s big on value, check out the fuel-efficient models at Don Robinson Mitsubishi. Our vehicles boast consistently efficient gas mileage thanks to their carefully engineered motors. Learn more by visiting our dealership in Saint Cloud, MN.
One of the biggest stresses of taking a long road trip is how much you need to put aside for gas, and how often you’ll have to stop. If you follow these tips on getting better fuel economy on road trips, you’re sure to make fewer stops at the pump and have more a little more pocket change.
The best thing you can do to save gas is to drive slower and more cautiously. It can be hard to do this, especially when you’re trying to get to your vacation destination, but going 65 instead of 70 will optimize your fuel use. Coasting more often instead of slamming on the brakes also helps, since braking and accelerating uses a ton of fuel.
If at all possible, try to avoid heavy traffic times and areas. Download an app with real-time traffic updates and see if you can take alternate routes. When you’re idling in a traffic jam, you’re getting zero miles per gallon.
Pack as light as possible. Don’t bring a bunch of extra stuff you don’t need, because the heavier your car is, the more fuel you’ll use. Make sure your tires are properly inflated before you leave! Under Inflated tires make your car work harder.
Finally, turn the air conditioning on as low as you can stand and roll the windows up on the freeway. The drag can really hurt your fuel economy.
To help get your car ready for your next road trip, make an appointment in our service department today! You can’t beat our $9.88 Oil Change offers!