The makers of Volkswagen are proud to deliver cars that people want year after year. Every model is designed to meet the needs of today’s driver while taking fuel efficiency and value to heart. Beyond producing some of the best cars on the market, VW also makes a commitment to help drivers out long after they’ve purchased their car.
BeGoodToYourVW.com, established by the folks at VW, is just one way that the company does that. It’s a place for drivers to learn more about everything from car care to maintenance, warranties and fuel efficiency. When it comes to making every drop of gas count, here are VW’s recommendations:
1. Drive smooth
It’s been proven that heavy acceleration, abrupt braking, and speeding can lower fuel economy by 5 percent at low speeds around town, and over 33 percent on the highway.
2. Keep filters clean
Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent. The air filter in your Volkswagen can help protect your engine from impurities.
3. Engine maintenance
It’s important to keep an eye on your engine. Repairing any problems immediately is always a key to a long engine life. And if your car has failed an emissions test, or is clearly out of tune, repairing the problem can help improve your fuel economy 4 percent—on average.
4. Proper tire pressure
By making sure your tires are not over or under inflated, you will help cut down on fuel while driving. Proper air pressure can help improve your fuel economy by about 3.3 percent.
5. Avoid excess weight
Keep your trunk and back seat free of unnecessary or heavy items that will force your vehicle to work harder than it needs to.
6. Use Volkswagen approved oil
By following the Volkswagen motor oil recommendation, you can help improve fuel economy 1 to 2 percent. See your local VW dealer for the oil that was designed for your Volkswagen model.
7. Cruise control
By maintaining a constant speed on major roads and in free-flowing traffic, your fuel economy will usually improve.
8. Avoid idling
You get 0 miles per gallon when you idle.
9. Don’t speed
At speeds over 60 mph, fuel economy usually decreases.
10. Be organized.
When you combine your errands into one outing, you will avoid many separate trips. This helps avoid unnecessary cold starts and helps keep your engine running warm and more efficiently.