Gas prices have only increased in recent years. Although they have somewhat stabilized and are not currently fluctuating as greatly as they once were, there’s no doubt higher gas prices are here to stay. Hybrids and electric cars don’t have a place off-road as of yet (and maybe never will), and with modifications for improved clearance and capability on the trail, these upgrades can often reduce fuel economy further. However, there are still ways to reduce fuel consumption and improve your MPG on your off-road vehicle.
Below is a list of 10 suggestions for improving fuel economy. Although some of them may not fit your specific situation, others can certainly help the MPG of your vehicle. Feel free to comment with other suggestions as well.
1. Proper Inflation
One of the easiest ways to improve fuel economy is to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Off-roaders will deflate and inflate tires a number of times during a weekend of trail riding – deflate for the trails, re-inflate for the road trip to another trail or home. Making sure your tires are properly inflated for the road, as the larger contact patch that helps increase traction is a detriment to your miles per gallon when on the road. Keep a tire gauge in your car and make sure they are properly inflated (keep in mind that air expands, so you don’t need to fill them to the maximum tire pressure listed on the sidewalls).
2. Slow Down
We’re always on the run, so it’s safe to say many of us are driving above legal speeds here and there. Although shaving some time off of your commute may get you home a few minutes faster, driving too fast will burn more fuel. The difference between driving even at 75 or 70 can make a notable difference in MPG (the difference from 80 to 70 is even larger).