Improve MPG: The Factors Affecting Fuel Efficiency
I own a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This vehicle is actually an upgrade from my previous 2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport that did not have any air conditioning or cruise control. After spending a year in the desert heat of Iraq, I vowed to myself that if it were in my control, then never again would I go without air conditioning. So, I figured if I was going to burn gas up in my 4×4, I may as well burn it up a little more comfortably.
However, there is nothing comfortable about rising gas prices. All jokes aside about Jeep Wranglers having the aerodynamics of a rolling post office box or a brick on wheels, I decided to figure out the most fuel efficient way to drive my car to save a little money. Granted, I could have traded in my old Wrangler for a more fuel efficient SUV like the Liberty CRD or the new hybrids, but none of those vehicles compare to the Wrangler when it comes to off-road performance. So, like it or not, I needed to figure out some new driving habits.