How to Improve Your Classic Car’s Gas Mileage

Author: Jason / Date: January 24, 2023 / Tags: classic cars

How to Improve Your Classic Car's Gas Mileage

( – Gas prices are higher than Americans have seen in a long time, even hitting all-time highs at one point. With that said, it’s understandable that people may be looking to increase their fuel efficiency, especially in classic cars. Here are some tips to help improve your fuel economy, even if you’re driving a 30-year-old car.

First, a note of warning, there are tons of scams out there claiming to help increase fuel mileage. They’re similar to the exhaust coming out of a car: full of hot air and can be deadly to your car and your wallet.

One of the easiest and best things you can do to improve mileage is to change your oil and air filters regularly. Better air/fuel ratio and clean oil to better lubricate engine parts will improve performance and engine efficiency.

Proper maintenance certainly plays a vital role in improving miles per gallon, but there’s even more you can do. For example, get rid of any unnecessary weight in your vehicle. Less weight means the engine has less work to do to get the car moving, decreasing the amount of fuel it uses.

Additionally, check your tire pressure and ensure you air up your tires to the correct ranges. Improperly inflated tires can decrease fuel economy, whether over or under-inflated.

Safe and conservative driving will improve fuel efficiency, much as Scotty Kilmer, an experienced mechanic, points out in the video above. You should take off and brake slowly. Hopefully, these tips will help you save some money on fuel and give you more smiles per gallon.

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