Gas Mileage Tips

When it comes to gas mileage, the more miles to the gallon, the better, so what’s the best way to get the most mileage out of a tank of gas?

Gas mileage is the ratio of miles you can drive in your vehicle to the gallons of gasoline burned. You can save money by reducing the amount of gas you use and driving more efficiently. We have some tips to help you get started.*

Drive Efficiently

The way you drive can have a big impact on your gas mileage. Take these steps to get the most out of every tank of gas.

  • Keep an eye on the speed limit . Gas mileage usually decreases at over 50 mph.
  • Aggressive driving. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking hard can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
  • Keep your car cleaned out. An extra 100 pounds can reduce your gas mileage by up to 2 percent.
  • Stop idling. Turning your car off when it’s parked can save a half gallon to a whole gallon of gas per hour.
  • Cruise. Using your cruise control will help keep you stay at a constant speed and could help save gas.
  • Use your gears. Overdrive gears help engine speed go down, saving gas and reducing engine wear.
  • Drive time. Carpooling and avoiding rush hour are great ways to save on gas and get the most gas mileage.

Take Care of Your Vehicle

It may seem like a no-brainer, but taking care of your car will help you get and maintain better gas mileage. There are some maintenance tips that could keep your mileage running at its optimal performance.

  • Stay in tune. Getting a tune-up on a car that may have failed emissions can save up to 4 percent in gas.
  • Check your tires. Keeping your tires properly inflated will save you up to 3.3 percent in gas mileage, plus you’ll be safer on the road.
  • Use the right oil. Improve your gas mileage by 1-2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.

Buy Smart

If you’re buying a car and want to get the best gas mileage for your buck, it’s smart to choose fuel economy over luxury. Buying a car that gets 30 mpg over one that gets 20 mpg could save you more than $800 a year in gas. Find out what gas mileage your car gets at

Even if you have the most optimal gas mileage, you still need to keep your car covered. Direct Auto Insurance offers cheap car insurance and free auto insurance quotes, visit one of our locations to talk to a friendly agent, online at or call us at 1-877-GO-DIRECT (1-877-463-4732).

*Information provided by the U.S. Department of Energy at