Car Care

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Make every drop count.

We can’t change the price of gas or how much it increases in the spring and summer. But we can help you get the most for your money. Here are some ways to save by driving with fuel efficiency in mind.

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*—something to keep in mind on your next summer road trip.

*Based on fuel savings information found at

Keep filters clean.

Replacing a dirty air filter can help improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent.* A Genuine VW Air Filter helps protect your engine from impurities in the air during this time of year, including dirt, debris, and other summer pollutants.

*Based on fuel savings information found at

Engine maintenance.

Summer is no time to slow down, so it’s important to keep an eye on your engine. Regular service and repair of any problems immediately is always key to a long engine life. If your car has failed an emissions test or is in need of a tune-up, repairing the problem can help improve your fuel economy 4 percent on average*.

*Based on fuel savings information found at

Proper tire pressure.

By making sure your tires are not over- or under-inflated, you will help cut down on fuel consumption. In fact, proper air pressure in your tires can help improve your fuel economy by about 3.3 percent.*

*Based on fuel savings information found at

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. Be sure to unload any bikes, boards, cargo carriers, or other equipment for summer activities when not in use.

Use Volkswagen Synthetic Oil. 

With the right oil, you can help improve fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent. Regular oil change can extend the life of your motor.  See your local VW dealership for the oil that was engineered for your Volkswagen model. 

Cruise control. 

By maintaining a constant speed on major roads and in free-flowing traffic, your fuel economy will usually improve. 

Avoid idling. 

When summer traffic strikes, it’s important to remember that you get 0 miles per gallon when you idle.

Don’t speed. 

At speeds over 60 mph, fuel economy usually decreases. 

Be organized.

By avoiding several separate trips throughout the day, you can help keep your engine running warm and more efficiently.

Consult your owner’s literature.

For additional fuel-related information specific to your model, check out your VW Online Owner’s Manual. Just have your VIN available!

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