Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10 Ways To Help You Save Gas

Tune Up: Properly tuning your engine can improve fuel economy by as much as 4%. Fixing a serious issue - such as a faulty oxygen sensor - can boost mileage up to 40%.

Pump Up: Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to 3.3%.

Unpack: An extra 100 pounds of cargo reduces fuel economy up to 2%. A loaded roof rack cuts fuel economy by up to 5%.

Slow Down: Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Every 5 mph over 60 mph is like adding an additional 29 cents per gallon for gas.

Avoid Idling: A car gets 0 mpg when the engine is idling. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use.

Chill Out: Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% in city driving.

Put It in Overdrive: Using an overdrive gear on the highway saves both fuel and engine wear.

Unclog: Replacing a severely plugged air filter on an older car with a carbureted engine improves fuel economy by up to 14%.

Use the Right Oil: Using the manufacturer's recommended grade of oil improves fuel economy by 1% - 2%.

Plan Your Trips: Plan routes and timing to avoid heavy periods of traffic congestion

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