Fuel economy is important to all of us, here’s how we can do a little better

By Product Expert | Posted in Performance, Tips & Tricks on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 3:32 pm
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How can I get better gas mileage?

While we wait for the automotive and fuel industries to figure out the next great advancement to break our dependence on fossil fuels, fuel economy is always a chief concern among the customers visiting the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom. As a vehicle ages, it’s not terribly uncommon for drivers to need to fill their vehicles up more regularly. If you’ve been wondering, ‘How can I get better gas mileage,’ the experts at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown have a few answers. If you own a Mazda hatchback, sedan or crossover SUV, you’re already in position to be ahead of the game. These tips might give you the leg-up you need to squeeze out a few extra miles per gallon.

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Use a light touch – One of the biggest mistakes drivers make is being too aggressive with the gas pedal. Mashing down on the accelerator will feel fun as the car takes off from a stop, but it will burn up a lot of gas. Instead of going for broke, accelerate slowly and let the transmission work through its progression. The same is true when coming to a stop. Applying the brake slowly and evenly will help more than fuel economy.

Get it right – Most gas stations offer a few grades of gasoline. Each of them has an increasing level of octane, which can be important. Most vehicles, including most Mazda vehicles, are designed to perform just fine with regular grade gas. However, if your car calls for premium and you use something else, you may notice a drop in fuel efficiency.

Keep it light – Pulling a trailer or installing a roof-mounted cargo carrier adds extra weight and drag. It will take more effort to get the vehicle up to speed, resulting in more fuel being used. Sometimes you need to do these things and that’s fine. However, any weight you can take off of the vehicle will help you increase your vehicle’s fuel economy.

If you need more information on how you can get more from your vehicle, make an appointment with a Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department representative today.

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