How to Get Better Fuel Mileage in a Honda Accord

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How to Get Better Fuel Mileage in a Honda Accord
Improve your Honda's fuel mileage and save money. (fuel station image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com)

The official United States government source for fuel economy information, fueleconomy.gov, estimates that the 2006 to 2010 Honda Accord models average between 17 and 24 miles per gallon. As the price of gas steadily rises, though, you might want to take steps to improve your Honda Accord's fuel economy. According to Max Haynes, author of "Honda Accord 2003-2007," by properly maintaining a Honda Accord, you can maximise its fuel mileage, attaining up to 28 to 30 miles per gallon.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take your Honda Accord to the mechanic for regular maintenance every 3,000 miles. Simple maintenance such as changing the air filter, fuel filter and oil will improve fuel economy.

  2. 2

    Purchase a set of low rolling resistance (LRR) tires for your Honda. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, LRR tires will maximise the gas mileage of a standard passenger car, such as a Honda Accord, by as much as two per cent.

  3. 3

    Minimise the weight your vehicle must transport. According to Kenny Joines and Ron Hollenbeck, authors of "The Gas Mileage Bible," an extra 45.4 Kilogram in your car will decrease its fuel economy by one to two per cent. Remove things from your vehicle that you do not actively use. If you would like to take weight reduction further, ask your mechanic to remove the back seat of your vehicle.

  4. 4

    Park your Honda in the shade. According to Wes Shaw, author of "Great Gas Mileage," parking in the sun causes fuel evaporation as the vehicle heats to high temperatures. Minimise this evaporation by parking your Accord beneath a tree or inside a garage.

  5. 5

    Minimise idling time of your car. Allowing it to idle for over one minute will consume more gas than turning your Honda off and back on again.

  6. 6

    Limit use of your air conditioning unit. Your Honda's air conditioning unit causes the engine to work harder and burn more gas. Roll your windows down when travelling at low speeds to keep the car cool. When driving at speeds over 40 miles per hour, roll the windows up and use the fan, as open windows will create drag and cause the car to burn more fuel.

Tips and warnings

  • You can observe the increase in your Honda's fuel economy by tracking the number of miles you average between each stop at the petrol station.

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