How Can I Get Better Gas Mileage?

How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Mobile, AL

When you buy a new Lexus model from Lexus of Mobile, you can be confident that you’re getting a luxury vehicle that will provide you with excellent performance for years to come. However, there are ways that you can get even more out of your Lexus ownership experience, such as introducing simple habits into your routine that can help you get better gas mileage. No matter if you have a long commute or you only drive a few blocks every day, implementing small changes can help you reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption — and can help you save at the pump. Here are some of our top tips for getting better gas mileage.

Schedule your travel time efficiently.

It might be convenient to store beach chairs, sports equipment or other gear in your vehicle, but did you know that the excess weight from these items might be decreasing your fuel efficiency? Even 100 pounds of extra weight can have an impact, so consider clearing out your back seat and trunk and removing your roof rack when you’re not using it.

Reduce weight.

Stand-still traffic is not just a pain — it’s a waste of gas. If you can, avoid rush hour traffic, as it negatively impacts your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. If you need to run a number of errands, plan out your route so you shop in areas that are close to your home and near each other. This helps you avoid doubling back and burning more fuel than necessary.

Avoid speeding.

Safe driving can actually help you save gas, and here’s how. When you drive at speeds higher than 50 miles per hour, your fuel efficiency is minimized by as much as 7% to 14%. While it’s necessary to drive this fast on many areas of the highway, if you can avoid speeding on smaller roads, it’s worth it. Turn on your cruise control (when it’s safe to do so) and avoid slowing down and speeding up abruptly, if you can.

Pump gas when the temperature is coolest.

You can also maximize your Lexus model’s fuel efficiency by pumping gas during the coolest times of day. Fuel is denser when it’s colder, so you get more fuel when you pump gas early in the morning or after nightfall.

Don’t let your vehicle idle for too long.

Avoid letting your car idle, as idling consumes a lot of fuel. If you can, turn your vehicle off and restart it later rather than letting it idle.

Keep up with maintenance.

Your vehicle gets better fuel efficiency when it’s healthy. Your vehicle has to work harder to run smoothly when it’s overdue for important maintenance, so we recommend sticking to your model’s service schedule as closely as possible. Our service technicians are here to keep your tires inflated, change your oil, replace your spark plugs when necessary and align your tires regularly. For these and all other service needs, you can count on Lexus of Mobile.

If you need further advice about your vehicle, feel free to contact us or stop by our dealership at 3024 Government Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606 . We look forward to serving our customers near the Gulf Coast, Daphne and Spanish Fort.