Another way to reduce your fuel consumption is by removing excessive weight from your vehicle. The heavier your car weighs, the more energy is required to make it move the same distance in the same amount of time. This additional energy is spent in the form of additional gas consumption. As a result, by decreasing the weight of your vehicle you have less mass to move around the same distance. This requires less energy and will save gas. Reducing vehicle weight is a popular modification commonly performed on cars at the drag strip in order to make them accelerate faster for the same amount of horsepower. However, most people don’t realize that if they drive at the same speed with the same acceleration they normally use but with reduced weight, it will raise their fuel economy.
1. It has been noted that saving anywhere from 30 to 50 pounds of weight from your vehicle can net you a 1% savings in gas mileage. A good example of this is switching to a lightweight fiberglass aftermarket hood to replace the stock steel hood.
2. Other ways to save vehicle weight and reduce fuel consumption include the following:
• Switch from steel rims to lightweight aluminum rims.
• Remove all excess baggage and weight from your trunk.
• Remove your spare tire (although this is not recommended)
• Replace body panels with fiberglass components.
Here at MPG Enhance we have not yet tested fuel economy before and after specific vehicle weight reductions. Stay tuned for updates on our experiments with weight reduction.