Between expenses such as insurance and monthly payments, vehicles can be expensive enough to own and operate. One of the few areas where you can control the amount of money you spend is on fuel costs and finding ways to maximize the efficiency of your Mazda is a great way to save a few dollars.

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There are countless suggestions out there for saving on fuel costs, but many of them are outlandish or impractical. We've taken the liberty of compiling a list of guidelines you can follow that should help reduce your fuel consumption. Not only will this help your pocketbook, but it may also help the planet as well.

Use Your Cruise Control

Cruise control has been included as a standard feature for many years now and chances are your vehicle has cruise control, even if you haven't used it before. While it is only suitable for long drives on flat terrain, cruise control allows your vehicle to automatically expend the minimum amount of fuel required for your set speed.

Reduce Weight

It seems like a no-brainer, but your vehicle must burn more fuel to haul more weight. While you cannot control the base weight of your vehicle, you can reduce unnecessary burdens that have been placed on your engine. Keeping items and gear in your vehicle that aren't needed adds weight and the difference builds up over time. Cleaning out the trunk can have a big impact in the long run.

Check Your Tires

Most people are concerned about tire pressure only so far as they remain inflated and don't put you on the side of the road with a flat. However, improperly inflated tires can create extra work for your engine, which translates directly into increased fuel usage. Keeping your tires at the correct pressure ensures your engine doesn't have to work harder than necessary.

Take It Easy

Drivers have a tendency to develop bad habits that increase fuel consumption over time. Activities such as revving the engine, braking hard and leaping from zero to sixty might be fun, but they can dramatically increase the amount of fuel your vehicle consumes. Sensible driving might be a touch boring, but the money you save won't be.

While the amount of fuel you save initially seems negligible, the savings will add up over time if you follow the guidelines listed above and use common sense.

Koeppel Mazda is a premier dealer of Mazda vehicles located in Jackson Heights, NY. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, we invite you to visit our showroom located at 77-12 Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights. We would love to show you what we have to offer!

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