Tips for Increasing Fuel Economy

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If you feel as though you’re filling up the gas tank more frequently, it may be time to alter your maintenance schedule and driving style. It may seem like a no-brainer, but, when you combine any of our tips, you should start to see an improvement in fuel economy. 
 
Alter How You Drive
 
Drive Slower – Driving fast is tempting, especially in the beautiful weather. Sometimes it can’t be helped, especially if you’re running a few minutes behind schedule. While driving on the highway, driving 60 mph instead of 70 mph can save you 2-4 miles per gallon over the course of your trip. While you want to maintain speed and keep up with traffic, you should keep the trip duration and your speed in mind to help cut down on fuel costs.
 
Take it Easy on the Throttle – Stomping on your brakes should be avoided as much as possible. Coast to a stop as opposed to stopping quickly will save on fuel as well as wear and tear on your brakes. Quick acceleration hinders your fuel economy as well.
 
Turn Off the Engine – An engine left idling still uses gas. So, while you’re sitting and waiting for someone to come out of the store, turn off the engine. It may seem like a nuisance, but, will increase your fuel economy and decrease your trips to the pump.
 
Roll up the Windows – In the Northeast, we spend most of our year in frigid temperatures, so when warm weather comes we enjoy driving with our windows open. However, this creates an aerodynamic drag which causes the engine to work harder. This is especially true while driving on the highway.
 
Maintain Your Vehicle 
 
Check Your Tire Pressure – Ensuring your vehicle’s tires are set to the recommended pressure can help to increase fuel economy. If you are unsure what the recommended pressure is for your vehicle and tires, you can find the answer in your owner’s manual. Or, you can always ask the BMW Certified professionals of BMW of South Albany!
Lighten the Load – A vehicle carrying extra weight causes the engine to work harder which then uses more fuel. Time to empty a few items from your trunk!
 
Overall Maintenance – Reading your owner’s manual and following their recommendations will help to increase the fuel economy of your vehicle. When it’s time for a tune-up, be sure to schedule an appointment with our team of professionals!
 
Following these simple steps will help you increase fuel economy and decrease the amount of time you spend at the pump! Contact BMW of South Albany for more fuel saving tips, and other recommendations from our BMW Certified professionals! 
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