One of the simplest ways for you to increase your car’s gas mileage is to reduce all of the excess weight you’re carrying around.Â According to FuelEconomy.gov for every extra 100 pounds you carry around in your car, you’ll reduce its gas mileage by 2%.
So, with that being said, what extra things are you needlessly carrying around in your car that could be reducing its gas mileage?
Here’sÂ the top five list of common items that you might be carrying around in your car and effectively reducing your gas mileage:
- Sports equipment.Â Golf clubs, baseball bats, cleats, basketballs – all that stuff needlessly adds weight to your car.Â So, take all of this stuff out of your car when you’re not going to be using it.
- Your cases of CDs.Â The other day I took two full books of CDs out of my car.Â Just for fun I weighed the two of them and found out that I had been carrying around 35 extra pounds in my car.
- Unused child safety seats.Â Now, I know it’s a pain to schlep this stuff in and out of the car, but if you’re really trying to improve gas mileage, it may be worth considering taking unused safety seats out of your car.
- Miscellaneous trunk items.Â Tool boxes, luggage,
- You.Â If you’re overweight you’re bringing down your car’s fuel economy.Â Lose some weight, get better gas mileage.
Anyway, if you can get all of the excess items out of your car, you should see a jump in your car’s gas mileage.Â As I’ve said before many times on this site, every little bit counts.