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Until Gas Is Free - You Still Need To Increase Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

Updated on April 20, 2021

 Personal Finance

If you're driving in Nevada you can really add up the miles. The open dessert roads near Las Vegas and the Sierras in Northern Nevada are some pretty tough terrain and put a pounding on your gas mileage. Riding a bicycle is hardly an option and getting a hybrid or electric car simply isn't affordable yet. Even if oil prices are the lowest since 2009, you can still save some money with these gas conserving tips. These tips can help you improve your fuel economy up to 20%. Who doesn't want fewer stops at the pump and more green in their pocket?

Drive Slower

Avoid tickets and increase fuel efficiency by driving slower. Every 5 mph you reduce your highway speed, you increase fuel economy by 7%.

Use AC Sparingly

At slower speeds roll down your windows instead of using the AC to save energy. When you're driving at speeds around 50 miles per hour or more you can roll up the windows and crank up the A/C.

Lighten Your Load

The more weight you have in your car – the more gas you burn. Every 100 pounds you add to the weight of your car costs 1 to 2% of your fuel economy.

Avoid Roof Cargo

Remove your external roof cargo when not in use. It might look aerodynamic, but it still increases drag and can cost you up to 3 mpg.

Pace Yourself

Slow and steady wins the race. Fast acceleration uses more fuel and could cost you almost one-third of your fuel economy.


Decrease your driving distance by planning your errands ahead.

Tune-Up Your Engine

The more efficient your vehicle runs – the less wasteful it is. It could save you up to 4% on gasoline bill.

Replace Your Air Filter

Did you know that nearly one in four cars needs to have an air filter replaced? Increasing air flow to your engine can add up to 10% more fuel efficiency.

Inflate Your Tires

Almost 30% of you reading this have underinflated tires. Low air pressure in your tires causes more resistance resulting in lower fuel economy and increases risk of a blowout.

Fuel-Efficient Tires

When you replace your tires – Buy Fuel Efficient Low Rolling Resistant Tires. These fancy tires could increase your gas mileage up to 6 mpg. These may seem like small amounts, but if you're a heavy commuter and drive more than 40 miles a day or more - saving one gallon of gas every day adds up to six or seven hundred dollars by the end of the year. We hope these tips help and remember, if your car needs some upgrades or a set of tires, you could apply for a Car Title Loan at CASH 1 in Nevada or Arizona. Do you have any more fuel saving suggestions? Feel free to chime in at the comments section below.

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Joseph Priebe

Joseph Priebe takes pride in assisting audiences with his articles to help them make sound financial decisions.

With over ten years of experience writing financial content his goal at CASH 1 has always been creating engaging and easy-to-digest information for anyone searching for immediate or long-term monetary solutions.

When Joseph is not writing about personal finance, you can find him photographing the Southwest United States with his 4x5 Graflex Crown Graphic camera. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona.