With fuel costs consistently rising over the years, drivers are spending more and more of their monthly earnings at the gas pump. While getting a fuel-efficient car is a great way to save money, there are also some important tips for better fuel economy to keep in mind when you’re on the road. From basic maintenance to correcting bad habits, virtually any driver can learn to get better gas mileage.

According to FuelEconomy.gov, one of the biggest killers of gas mileage is aggressive driving. This includes speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking. In fact, speeding at highway speeds can lower your fuel economy by up to 30 percent. Stick to the speed limits and coast whenever possible.

Remove any unnecessary weight and avoid hauling cargo on the roof. It’s a smart idea to clean out your car whenever possible. Using roof-top cargo boxes can reduce fuel economy by up to 25 percent on the interstate due to aerodynamic drag. If you’re not hauling anything, get rid of it.

Additionally, avoid idling as much as possible. Most cars don’t actually need to warm up before use unless you’re driving less than 5 to 10 minutes. Some cars now come with technologies that automatically start and stop the engine when you come to a stop because idling can be so detrimental to fuel economy. It’s simple: if you’re not moving while the engine is on, you’re getting 0 mpg.

Finally, be sure to give your car a tune up and to change the oil whenever necessary. For most, oil changes should be done every three months or three thousand miles, though it might be longer if you use a synthetic blend. Most new cars should get an engine tune up every 25,000 to 30,000 miles — check your owner’s manual for more details.

If your car needs a tune-up, schedule a service appointment at El Cajon Mitsubishi. Alternatively, you could take a look at some of our very fuel-efficient SUVs.