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Effective ways to maximize gas mileage


Every peso counts now more than ever.

The crisis brought by the pandemic had a major impact on our economy directly affecting our income and expenses, not to mention the rising prices of commodities, especially gas.

While we cannot control or influence the price of fuel, you will be pleased to know that you can improve your car’s fuel economy by modifying your driving habits and following these handy tips:


Remove excess weight

Extra weight from unneeded items makes your vehicle’s engine work harder which correlates to more gas consumption.

Of course, there are important items you should always keep in your car, like an emergency kit. However, as little as 100 pounds can reduce your fuel efficiency. So we suggest you tidy up and clear out unnecessary items.


Check your car’s underbody panels

Look for any broken, cracked, or missing underbody panels as these can seriously cut fuel economy.


Drive slowly

Driving at 80kph costs no time at all. You should keep in mind that after reaching 80kph, your car begins to lose fuel efficiency and the faster you go, the more it consumes fuel.

We strongly suggest that you drive according to the speed limit and use cruise control—rapid acceleration and hard braking are bad driving habits that eat up fuel, so avoid doing them.


Plan your trip

Plan ahead of time and consolidate multiple trips. Avoid rush hours and make it a habit to anticipate road conditions. It doesn’t hurt to monitor the traffic ahead and timing stoplights to maintain momentum in order to avoid unnecessary acceleration and braking.


Tire air pressure

Your fuel consumption can increase as much as 3% when your tires are underinflated. Moreover, you risk wearing down your tread faster when you don’t follow proper tire inflation.

Refer to your car’s recommended tire pressure that is usually found in the owner’s manual or on the placard located on the rear pillar of the driver’s door.


Check engine light

Never ignore a check engine light, this indicates a flaw that can increase exhaust emission and decrease in fuel economy.

If the light is on, go to a professional auto service technician to have your car checked for a number of causes that may lead to poor fuel economy.


Purchase fuel-efficient tire

If you’re a cost-conscious driver, Bridgestone Ecopia is the perfect tire for you. The advanced technology of Ecopia allows it to return more energy back to the tire instead of generating heat and compromising fuel efficiency.

Bridgestone’s Ecopia line is designed to enhance fuel economy while delivering performance and a smooth ride.