Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I get the best fuel economy out of a car?

asked by on

How do I get the best fuel economy out of a car?

A: While your Accord is designed to provide ve...

While your Accord is designed to provide very good fuel economy, it’s important that you’re able to keep it that way. A number of things can help ensure that you get the best possible fuel economy from the engine. Follow these quick Tips

  1. Regular Maintenance: Make sure you’re maintaining your engine properly by servicing it regularly. This includes oil changes, air filter changes, tire rotations and more.

  2. Oil: Make sure you’re using the right type of engine oil (0W-20).

  3. Tires: Make sure your tires are properly inflated (check the placard on the driver side door frame for the correct pressure).

  4. Weight: Make sure you’re not overloading your car – too much weight can reduce fuel economy.

  5. Cleaning: Keeping your car clean by eliminating mud or snow buildup on the undercarriage will also help improve fuel economy.

  6. Drive Correctly: Your driving habits have the largest impact on fuel economy:

  • Avoid hard acceleration.

  • Stay at the speed limit to reduce drag (wind drag can reduce fuel economy).

  • Shift up as soon as possible if you have a stick shift.

  • Avoid idling whenever possible.

  • Consider rolling down the windows at speeds under 55 MPH rather than using the air conditioner.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Brakes: Dealership vs Dad

My suggestion would be to think of the safety factor first. You could have your dad come to you and fix it. If the inner pad is worn to metal and the outer pad has material left then the caliper...

Q: How many miles per gallon does my car get?

Hi there, thanks for writing in. Maximum fuel economy is typically in the 45-65 MPH range. Above 65 MPH, fuel economy falls off dramatically due to wind resistance. Below 45 MPH, engine gearing is not conducive to maximum efficiency but...

Q: I have a 2001 honda cr-v se 2 Li I4 engine. on the back of the throttle body is a im guessing it's some type of sensor,two mires p

You are correct. This is the throttle position sensor or TPS. You should not need any special tools to remove it. Most throttle position sensors are mounted to the throttle body with 7mm, 8mm, or tor bolts. If you have...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...