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How to Improve MPG for a Chevy Aveo

by Dwight Malone

The Chevy Aveo is a subcompact vehicle and began production in 2003, in an effort to appeal to budget-conscious buyers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an automatic 2010 Chevy Aveo achieves fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in city driving and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. If you're a driver looking to squeeze even more miles out of every gallon of gas in your Aveo, there are a number of ways you can do it.

Check to make sure your tires are properly inflated. For a Chevy Aveo, each tire should be inflated to 30 PSI. A tire that is underinflated by only 2 PSI will reduce your fuel efficiency by 1 percent.

Tighten the gas cap to prevent gasoline from evaporating from the tank. Up to 147 million gallons of gasoline are lost per year because of evaporation, according to an estimate from the Car Care Council.

Coast to a stop to reduce fuel consumption. If you see traffic up ahead is slowed or stopped, let off the gas pedal. This will reduce fuel consumption, plus you'll slow down more gradually and reduce wear and tear on your Aveo's brakes.

Perform regular routine maintenance on your Aveo. A dirty or clogged air filter or fouled-up spark plugs will result in inefficient combustion of gas, which will result in you burning more than should be necessary if the car was properly maintained.

Accelerate slowly and evenly to reduce fuel consumption. Accelerating quickly from a complete stop can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent.

Use the air conditioning in the summer when traveling at speeds higher than 45 mph. Keeping the windows closed reduces the aerodynamic drag enough that it is more fuel efficient to drive with the windows closed and air conditioning on than it is to drive with it off and the windows open.

Don't speed if you want to improve your miles per gallon. For every 10 mph you go in excess of 65 mph, you reduce your Aveo's fuel efficiency by 10-15 percent.

About the Author

Dwight Malone is a journalist who has worked for various Chicago-area newspapers, including the "Chicago Tribune" and "Naperville Sun." He has been a writer, editor and graphic designer since 2000. Malone studied journalism at Eastern Illinois University.

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