Top 5 Tips for Optimum Fuel Economy


Long gone are the days where a gallon of gas set you back less than $1. Today, gas prices hover around $3 per gallon. Vehicle manufacturers are getting better and better at getting the most bang for your fuel buck, but it’s always nice to save a little extra money at the pump.


Volkswagen has six models that get an EPA estimated fuel economy of at least 40 mpg on the highway. But no matter how fuel efficient your vehicle’s sticker says it is, there are always more ways to squeeze a few more miles out of every gallon.


Here are our top five tips for increasing your vehicle’s fuel economy:


  1. Keep tires at the correct psi. Believe it or not, this has an effect on mpg. According to fueleconomy.gov, under-inflated tires can potentially lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure among all four tires. Proper tire pressure for your vehicle can usually be found in the owner’s manual or on the sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or glove box. Be sure to go by this number and not the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall.

  2. Trust only certified technicians for your vehicle’s maintenance. At Park Place VW, our VW techs are trained to know everything about the way your car works. Fixing a car that has a serious maintenance problem can significantly improve your mileage, as well as keep it in good condition.

  3. When driving, especially on the highway, keep your tires below 3 RPMs on the gauge. Revving your engine, even to accelerate quickly at a green light, can burn through fuel quickly.

  4. If you’re approaching a red light and there is not a vehicle behind you, coast to the stop light by taking your foot off the gas and letting the vehicle slow down on its own, diminishing the need to slam on your brakes. Doing this instead of hitting the breaks will improve your car’s fuel efficiency. Plus, the longer it takes you to get to the light, the more likely the light will turn green by the time you get there, which means you won’t have to put on your brakes at all.

  5. Find the most efficient fuel grade for your vehicle. Instead of automatically reaching for the unleaded fuel every time, do a test of the different fuels in your car. On a few separate visits to the gas station, fill your tank up with different fuel grades. Calculate the mileage your car gets with each fuel grade. You may find that the extra mileage you’re getting per gallon more than makes up the extra few cents it costs.


Getting the most out of your trip to the gas station can be as easy as making a few adjustments. Give these tips a try and see how much you can save!


If you’re looking for a more fuel-efficient vehicle to get even more miles out of your dollars, visit Park Place VW at 2720 North Hwy 52 in Rochester. We would love the opportunity to help you find the vehicle for you from one of our many award-winning, fuel-efficient vehicles.
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