How to Improve Gas Mileage in a 1995 Chevy Silveradoby Arthur Barnhouse
If you own a Chevy Silverado then you’re already well aware that you need to make every last drop of gasoline count. With a large, heavy truck equipped with a powerful engine, you’re not going to get the same fuel economy as a smaller vehicle. You can, however, take matters into your own hands and help your 1995 Silverado achieve the greatest efficiency possible for a truck its size. All that’s required is a little common sense and attentiveness.
Remain at speeds below 60 miles per hour when driving your Chevy Silverado. Obviously, your truck is not built for racing or darting through traffic at 80 mph. Rather, it’s constructed for low-end power, which is necessary for hauling and towing. Thus, at speeds beyond 60 mph, your engine runs at very high RPMs. This, in turn, is a massive drag on fuel economy.
Use your Silverado’s overdrive and cruise control when traveling on the highway. It’s best to use overdrive when driving in light traffic on flat terrain.
Drive your Chevy Silverado with fuel economy on your mind. This simply means that you must drive with caution and calm. Practice slowly starting out from a dead stop, pressing on the accelerator gradually. Do the same when stopping; applying your brakes softly. If you drive calmly and make the conscious decision to save gas, you will see savings at the pump.
Make your 1995 Chevy Silverado as light as possible. A heavy truck doesn’t need to be any heavier. An extra 100 pounds is capable of decreasing your truck’s fuel economy by as much as 2 percent. Therefore, don’t haul cargo more than necessary. Also, if you’ve personalized the truck with accessories such as extra chrome, large tires, step bars, toolboxes or heavy wheels, consider removing them for the sake of fuel efficiency.
Turn your Silverado’s engine off rather than allow it to idle. Do not start your truck in the morning simply to allow it to warm up. When parked for more than a few minutes, you’ll save gas by turning the engine and then restarting it when you’re ready to go.
Set up a maintenance schedule for your ‘95 Silverado. Just like people, as your truck grows older, it needs more care. A yearly trip to the mechanic will keep your engine and transmission operating smoothly. This will result in better gas mileage. Change your oil about every 3,000 miles and check to make sure your Silverado’s tires are inflated to the level printed on the sidewalls.
Arthur Barnhouse has written numerous short stories, contributed content to various websites and was an invited speaker at a university symposium on creative writing. He began writing in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Barnhouse has driven across the United States numerous times and draws upon his travel experiences in his writing.