It’s widely known that Honda vehicles are among the best in the business for fuel economy. From their early years, Honda recognized the need for lower fuel consumption across their vehicle line without compromising on a fun-to-drive attitude. Even so, fuel costs can quickly add up. Whether you drive a Ridgeline, an Odyssey, a CR-V or a Civic, there are ways you can stretch your fuel dollars a little further.
Here’s how you can get just a little better fuel economy from your Honda.
Keep your tires at the proper pressure. Yes, tire pressure can affect your fuel efficiency. When the pressure is lower than it should be, rolling resistance is higher. More fuel is needed to get to and stay at the same speed. If your tires are 5PSI low, you can expect 2 percent worse fuel economy. And it gets worse from there. Check your tire pressures at least monthly, especially when the weather changes.
Replace your dirty air filter. If you neglect changing your air filter, expect to waste some money at the fuel pump. When your engine air filter is dirty, the airflow is restricted. It’s like choking the engine, essentially. To make up for it, the engine burns more fuel instead. The least expensive maintenance item on your car –the air filter — will save you money on gas when you keep it clean. Replace the air filter annually or when it gets dirty.
Change your engine oil on time. Even the engine oil factors into your fuel economy. Dirty engine oil increases the friction in the engine, meaning more fuel is needed to produce the same power to compensate for the friction. Not only that, but dirty engine oil can leave deposits, cause premature wear, and even cause corrosion inside the engine. Change your engine oil at its recommended interval to prevent overspending on gas.Drive responsibly. No lecture needed, I’m sure. Your car burns more gas when you’re heavy on the accelerator from a stop light, and you burn more gas than necessary when you idle for more than a couple minutes. Easy on the acceleration, and be responsible with your idle time. Your wallet thanks you.
Drive responsibly. No lecture needed, I’m sure. Your car burns more gas when you’re heavy on the accelerator from a stop light, and you burn more gas than necessary when you idle for more than a couple minutes. Easy on the acceleration, and be responsible with your idle time. Your wallet thanks you.
If your Honda isn’t running properly or if your Check Engine light is on, that’s another matter. You need to see the experts at Jay Wolfe Honda to have it looked after. When the Check Engine light is on, problems may be happening that increase your fuel consumption up to 40 percent. Don’t hesitate — the fuel costs can rack up quickly.