It’s amazing how quickly your car or truck can become cluttered with useless items that do nothing but take up space and add weight to your vehicle.
Clean out your car!
From what I’ve read, the fuel of thumb is: For every extra 100 pounds you carry in your vehicle, you reduce gas mileage and fuel economy by roughly 2%.
To give you a real life example of how easy it is to “overcome” this, I’ll share my experience.
This past weekend I cleaned out just the trunk of my car and removed the following items:
- Golf clubs and golf shoes – 18 lbs
- Two large CD cases – 20 lbs
- Five library books – 6 lbs
By simply taking these items out of the trunk of my car, I reduced my car’s weight by 44 pounds, which should improve my gas mileage and fuel economy by about .88%.
While that certainly doesn’t seem like much, it all adds up, especially when coupled with some other fuel economy tips that you can get from this site.