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Even if you drive a gas guzzling SUV, you don’t have to settle for your car’s estimated mpg. Whether you’re an environmentalist who can’t afford to run out and buy a new hybrid or EV or you just want to save a few bucks on gas, you can easily improve your car’s fuel efficiency by following some simple tips.
Carrying lots of cargo in the trunk or on the roof can reduce fuel economy, so removing these items can be a huge help in getting more mileage out of your car. Extra weight in the back is beneficial in the winter, but it makes your car work harder to move forward, and roof cargo makes your car less aerodynamic.
Speed consistency is also important. The less you accelerate and brake, the better your fuel economy will be, so using cruise control on the freeway will improve your efficiency, as well as taking routes with fewer stop signs and stoplights in town. When driving on hills, let your speed drop as you go uphill, and don’t use the gas pedal at all while going down the other side. The less you accelerate, the better your fuel economy will be.
It’s important to keep your vehicle well-maintained. A car with good, clean parts and well-inflated tires gets much better mileage than a car that hasn’t had regular maintenance.
Finally, the best way you can make your gas mileage better is to drive more sensibly. Even driving a little bit slower, like staying at the speed limit instead of going five mph over it, can have a big impact. Give yourself more time to slow down before a stop and coast for a while, and don’t accelerate too quickly.
Mitsubishi is known for their environment engineering so if you're looking for an affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle check out the 2017 Mirage or anyone of the vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup.