Wednesday, May 16, 2012
10 Ways To Help You Save Gas
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