How to increase your mileage by 35%

How to improve truck gas mileage

Lets face it, we are all looking for ways to increase our trucks mileage, be it air deflector strips, making sure our tire pressure is right or lowering the tailgate to improve aerodynamics.   Below are some tips we have picked up along the way which have helped us save a few $’s and improve our trucks performance at the same time!

How to get better gas mileage?

1. Always use quality fuel

Bargain fuels are blended cheaply. Although you think you are saving, your miles per gallon are less, so you are really paying more.

2. Use the least Octane Grade

Add 1 ounces of an octane booster fuel additive per 5 gallons to get improved performance and mileage and save money on premium fuel grades.
Checkout our review of the best 8 octane boosters to find the perfect match for your truck, SUV or car.

3. Calculate Miles Per Gallon ‘MPG’.

After you have filled your tank record your odometer miles. The next time you fill up divide the miles driven by gallons of fuel consumed.

4. Calculate Miles Per Dollar ’MPD’.

The most practical method for checking mileage MUST involve cost per gallon. To do this divide MPG by the price per gallon. This yields MPD or miles per dollar. And thus we find the true cost of fuel.

5. Replace Air Filter each Oil Change

A dirty filter will restrict the flow of air which will cause the mixture to operate in a fuel-rich condition thereby wasting fuel.

6. Unload your trunk or SUV

Carrying excess weight puts more work on your engine thus reducing miles per gallon.

7. Use Larger than standard tires

At your next tire change, go one size bigger. Until then add two lbs. more pressure per tire.

8. Keep your speed constant

Use your cruise control whenever possible.

9. Avoid fast starts

Starting from zero to any speed takes a lot of energy and fuel. Avoid ‘stepping’ on the pedal. Decelerate and accelerate smoothly.

10. Change spark plugs & O2 Sensor

Use NGK plugs or equivalent because they have the correct resistance values for best ignition of about 5000 ohms. The O2 sensor anticipates your air-fuel mixture being right or wrong and sends corrections to the car’s computer.

11. Drive with the tailgate down

tailgate down improves aerodynamicsDriving with the tailgate down improves aerodynamics as we all know that the standard pickup truck is designed for practicality and not aesthetics, so lowering the tailgate will help you improve your MPG when your flatbed is empty.

Want to get serious about energy efficiency?

  1. Purchase an octane booster by the gallon. This gives you a saving of around 50% and you can simply add it whenever you fill up your vehicle.
  2. The air filter is one of the most important part of fuel economy. Make sure it is replaced at each oil change.
  3. Consider increasing the height of your tires. Most vehicles are ‘geared’ too low. Octane boosters will give the extra horsepower and torque you need. With taller tires your engine RPM will decrease giving you even more Miles per Gallon. You can get considerable savings by visiting our partner The Tire Rack.  To help figure taller tire size click here.
  4. Drive like there is an egg between your foot and the gas pedal.

Octane Booster FAQs

  • Will it harm my engine?

Not at all fuel additives can be used safely in all engines that run on gasoline and diesel. It is safe for O2 sensors and catalytic converters. It actually helps the converter to eliminate harmful unburned hydrocarbons from entering the atmosphere. It cleans the carbon off of spark plugs giving you increased performance, more horsepower and easier startups.

  • How does it lower emissions?

Octane boosters increase the thermal efficiency of engine combustion. This means that more fuel is converted into usable energy rather than being wasted out the exhaust and decreases emissions 15 to 30%.

  • Does it work for all vehicles?

Torco F500010T Unleaded Fuel Accelerator

Yes, regardless of the age or type, fuel additives will increase mileage 20 to 35%. It works for motorcycles, boats, lawnmowers and any engine running on gasoline or diesel. It can also be used for tractors and large equipment.

  • How soon does it work?

It will begin to work immediately. In some newer models, the onboard computers are set to default each 1,000 miles, or about 3 to 4 tanks. The computer will then reset itself to take full advantage of the increased thermal efficiency.

  • What if I spill it?

Be careful not to spill it on any painted surface. Wipe spills immediately. The ingredients in octane boosters are not considered VOC (volatile organic compounds) by the EPA. Use in well ventilated area.

  • Do I still need other fuel additives?

No other fuel additives or injector cleaners are needed as pretty much all octane boosters also clean the carburetor, injectors and plugs.

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