How to Get Better Gas Mileage In a Pick Up Truck

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Driving a pick up truck can be a nightmare whenever gas prices are high. However, there are a few money saving things that can be done to enhance gas mileage that many people don't know about. Reading this article will help get better gas mileage in a truck.

Get rid of unnecessary loads on a truck. Getting rid of unnecessary items in the truck, including anything on a hitch, can greatly improve gas mileage. Keeping unneeded items in the truck can decrease gas mileage as much as 15-20% on most newer models and 30% or more on older models. Store unneeded items in a garage or other safe storage. Unhook a trailer, if it is unnecessary.

Get a routine tune up on the truck. Getting a tune up can improve gas mileage by 20% or more. Not having a regular tune up can cause low spark in the spark plugs, thus requiring the truck's engine to have to take in more gas to compensate for the lack of spark. A tune up at least once per year is recommended. This may vary depending on the model of the truck, spark plugs and age of the engine. Also, getting a regular tune up can add more power to your truck.

Keep tires rotated and properly inflated. Improperly inflated tires or tires that aren't rotated can put more strain on a truck's engine therefore lowering gas mileage by at least 15-20%. It is recommended that tires stay properly inflated. If a tire is always going flat, change it as soon as possible. Also, rotate the tires every 5,000-10,000 miles.

Drive the speed limit. Some trucks were made for high performance, however, driving the speed limit can save gas. Any speed over 60 mph can lower gas mileage.


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