How to Save Money on Gas When You Drive an SUV

Driving an SUV can be fun – there’s tons of room to drive your family and friends around, they are great to take on road trips, and of course great to use when you are moving something. But they can definitely leave a very empty space in your wallet when it comes to filling her up! But you can definitely be more fuel-efficient with these few steps:


Check Your Air Filter. A dirty or clogged air filter (no matter what type of vehicle you drive) can really put a damper on your gas mileage. Clean or replace the air filter and not only will you notice your vehicle runs smoother, but you should be getting better mileage as well.

Watch How You Drive. I will be the first to admit there are times I am a pretty aggressive/ defensive driver, and in a hurry. But if you slow down and put a little ZIN into your daily driving habits, you can notice a difference in your average gas mileage.

Clean Out Your Car. Did you know that an extra 50 to 100 lbs in your vehicle can lower your gas mileage by 1 to 2%?!! Stop lugging around everything in the back of your SUV if you don’t have to – I was guilty of leaving all the kids baseball equipment in the back of my car for months after ball season had ended. Those folding chairs, baseball bats, gloves, balls and extra equipment not only took up a lot of room, but definitely weighed down my vehicle. Anything that you don’t need on a consistent basis, I would recommend lugging back into the house!

Check those Tires. Keeping your tires properly inflated can greatly improve gas mileage.
Use the Recommended Motor Oil. Using the recommended motor oil for your particular vehicle will help the SUV run more efficiently.

Avoid Traffic. SUV’s are known to be quite the gas guzzler when it comes to idling. If at all possible, avoid long idling times.


This article was sponsored in part by Monroeville Chrysler Jeep Monroeville, PA

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