At Dean Arbour Ford of Alpena, our customers are often quick to ask our Ford service center and sales team about fuel economy. We understand the importance of the number of mpg’s you can get in a car; however, you don’t need to purchase a hybrid vehicle to spend less when filling up.

Car buyers come from Alpena, Spruce, and throughout the state Michigan asking the same question when buying a new car, “How long can I drive before I have to fill up?” Fuel economy is a serious subject when it comes to buying a new car, but it doesn’t have to be. You can boost your vehicle’s gas mileage through a variety of methods.

The first step in boosting your fuel economy is by simply accelerating less and using the car’s natural momentum more. You don’t always need to stomp the gas pedal, especially since the harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use.

Your tire pressure is another critical factor in fuel mileage. Tires that are overinflated, or underinflated can add resistance while on the road, and resistance equates to more fuel usage.

Most of all, regular maintenance can boost your miles per gallon. Maintenance routines like changing your oil and swapping out your air filters can all reduce how hard your engine needs to work and directly increase the amount of time you can spend on the road before having to find a gas station.

If you’re looking to take things a step further, you can also consider browsing through our wide selection of new Ford vehicles. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to swap your gas guzzling vehicle for something that better fits your lifestyle.