Fuel Economy Tip – Pack What You Need

Today’s tip is particularly relevant with the start of vacation season and will hopefully help you save a bit of gas.

When going on vacation, pack light and bring only what you need.

The whole premise of packing light to save gas goes back to the reduce excess weight tip. For every extra 100 pounds you carry in your vehicle, you will reduce your gas mileage from 1 to 2 percent. On a long road trip, that can add up, especially if you’re traveling in one of those gas guzzling SUVs.

Here are some ways you can reduce the amount of crap you’re carrying when you go on vacation:

  • Don’t bring groceries, just buy everything when you get to your vacation spot.
  • Don’t over pack your clothes.
  • Take all the extra junk out of your trunk that’s not related to your vacation.
  • Leave the kids at home (just kidding)

Long story short, it’s easy to make sure that you don’t over pack and by doing so, you’ll increase your car’s gas mileage.

Fuel Economy Tip – Reduce Excess Weight

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.

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