Driving Tips: Saving Gas
With gas prices reaching an all time high, here are some tips that can help
you to save gas, and extend the time before you have to go back to the pumps.
These tips work! You can save money!
1. Avoid High Speeds
As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential
fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption
by about 15%.
2. Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard
By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking,
fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.
3. Keep Tires Properly Inflated
Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
4. Use A/C Sparingly
When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more
fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses
the air conditioner.
5. Keep Windows Closed
Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased
fuel economy of up to 10%.
6. Service Vehicle Regularly
Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old
spark plugs or low fluid levels.
7. Use Cruise Control
Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.
8. Avoid Heavy Loads
Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long
9. Avoid Long Idles
If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting
the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.
10. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle
When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle's rated fuel efficiency. Usually
choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission
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