Trucks like the 2016 Toyota Tundra are great for a number of things like towing, hauling, and off-road capabilities. Unfortunately, they aren-t always the most fuel efficient. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make the most of your gas tank. Here-s what you should know about the highs and lows of fuel efficiency.
Driving Style. So, your truck holds a certain amount of fuel. While this is true, there is much more to fuel efficiency than the size of your gas tank. A large part of how well your truck does in fuel efficiency is due to your driving habits. For instance, do you drive aggressively? It may be time to relearn the basics of drivers ed, because speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking are all huge gas wasters, lowering gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and 5% around town. Sensible driving - actually following the speed limit, not tailgating, and so on - will not only increase fuel efficiency for savings at the pump, but it-s much safer for everyone on the road, including yourself.
Remove Extra Weight. That cargo bed may be one of your favorite features of your pickup truck, but you may want to leave it empty when you can. Any extra weight your vehicle has to lug around equals to decreased fuel efficiency; and the heavier the item, the more it plummets.
Hit Cruise Control. Cruise control is a nice feature for making long drives more comfortable behind the wheel, but this handy button is actually a good way to save on gas. With the help of cruise control, your truck will remain at a constant speed, which helps eliminate extra fuel from being burned unnecessarily.
Adapt to Changes in Temperature. Depending on where you live (and drive), outside temperatures can range from the hottest of the hot to the coldest of the cold. Hot and cold temperatures both negatively affect fuel economy.
Cold weather, for instance, can significantly reduce fuel economy. This is due to a number of reasons, including:
- Warming up a near-frozen vehicle before hitting the road burns gas and gets you zero miles per gallon.
- Heated seats, window defrosters, and other extra features cause more power to be used.
- Winter grades of gasoline have slightly less energy per gallon than summer blends.
- The engine takes longer to reach its most fuel-efficient temperature.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help your truck better adapt to changes in weather, such as:
- Parking in warmer places, such as a garage, to increase the initial temperature of your engine and cabin.
- Minimize idling to warm the engine; they warm up fastest when being driven.
- Avoid excessive use of seat warmers and defrosters.
For more information on the 2016 Toyota Tundra and tips for better fuel economy, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada.