Increase Fuel Efficiency on Thanksgiving Trip to Save Gas + Money

November 15th, 2016 by

Fuel Efficiency

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means some of us are preparing for a road trip to a relative’s house. Road trips and the holidays can be very fun, but they can also be stressful. There’s no telling what will happen to gas prices for Thanksgiving weekend and everyone probably wants to pinch some pennies around the holidays and overpaying for gas is probably something you want to avoid.

So, we have some tips for you on how to increase your vehicle’s fuel economy. It doesn’t matter what you drive, a Jeep Wrangler or a Chrysler 200, there are a few ways to make your fuel economy better.

Speed and RPMs

Maintain a speed at or around the speed limit. The harder you make the engine work to maintain higher speeds, the more fuel you use. In fact, speeding has the capability of reducing fuel economy to up to 33 percent. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

Another way to maximize fuel economy is to pay attention to your RPMs (revolutions per minute). If you are exceeding 3,000 RPM, the chances are you are accelerating in a lower gear. Doing so makes the engine work harder which of course results in a less efficient fuel economy. Generally, try to keep your car below 3,000 RPMs and don’t push the engine when not needed and you will save some gas.

Driving Habits

The way you drive directly correlates with your average fuel economy. Some driving habits that can affect fuel efficiency are accelerating too fast, speeding, tailgating, and traveling at uneven speeds.

Not only is tailgating very dangerous, but you will also have to brake a lot more, and braking kills fuel economy. The more even and constant your speed the better the fuel economy because you’re keeping your car’s RPM’s at a steady level. A good trick to maintain an even speed is by using cruise control. Set your cruise control to a reasonable speed and you will stay in that constant speed until you have the need to change it.  

Prepping for Your Trip

Even if you know how to get to your destination use a navigation system to check the traffic before you head out and 30 minutes before you get to a big city. Sitting in stop and go traffic is terrible for fuel economy. Also, if you know where you are going, chances are you will need to make less stops to re-route in case you get lost.

Cargo Outside of the Car

If you have some things to bring on the trip that don’t fit inside your car, it is best to use a cargo case that attaches to the back of your car rather than the roof. Cargo on the roof makes a vehicle less aerodynamic, which reduces fuel economy.

Fill Up Your Tires

Tires with low pressure are harder to move than properly inflated tires, so it is always wise to make sure your tires are properly inflated before a long trip.

We hope these tips were helpful! Happy Thanksgiving from our Hollywood Chrysler Jeep family to your family! If you are in need of a family vehicle capable of fitting everyone, luggage, and keep them entertained for hours, check out the Chrysler Pacifica here.