1) Maintain Your Vehicle. A car in poor condition may use more gas than one that has been well maintained and tuned up. Incorrect fuel ratio, bad spark plugs and incorrect spark timing can have a big effect on gas mileage. Spark Plugs in poor condition can reduce gas mileage up to 12%
2) Check Your Air Filter. Almost 25% of cars are running on a dirty air filter. Changing a dirty filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10-20%!
3) Make Sure Your Tires are Properly Inflated. Under inflated tires can adversely affect a car’s mileage and lead to uneven and/or premature wear. Properly inflating problem tires is like knocking 11 cents off a gallon of gas!
4) Observe the Speed Limit. Although each vechicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at different ranges of speed, gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds over 60 mph. Put it in perspective: Driving over 60 mph is like paying an extra $0.28 per gallon for gas. Not to mention that observing the speed limit is also safer!
5) Use Cruise Control. Using cruise control on the highway can help you maintain a constant speed and will help you save on gas.
6) Don’t Idle. One of the easiest ways to save gas is to turn off a car’s engine while waiting at a curb or sitting at an extended stoplight for more than 30 seconds.
7) Go Easy on The Brakes & Gas Pedal. Avoid “jackrabbit” starts by accelerating gradually whenever possible. The smoother you accelerate and decelerate, the better your gas mileage, with potential gas savings of 33 percent on the highway and five percent around town. This will not only increase your gas mileage, but also prolong the life of your brakes!
8 ) Remove Excess Weight. Avoid keeping any unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially those that are heavy. Reducing the vehicle’s weight is the easiest way to improve your fuel economy. Carrying an additional 100 pounds around can increase a vehicle’s energy consumption by 1-2%. For every 100 pounds unloaded, you’re saving about 6 cents per gallon!
9) Reduce Drag. Around half of your vehicles energy is expended overcoming air resistance, with the other half expending in acceleration. Reduce your car’s workload by removing anything that may cause drag, such as luggage, bike or ski racks. Also keep your windows closed whenever possible, as open windows actually reduce gas mileage compared to using the air conditioning.
10) Combine Errands into One Trip. Consolidate your trips and errands to destinations that are near one another. Once you arrive, park and walk between destinations. Try to save errands for one afternoon and plan your out your trip. You will save gas and reduce wear and tear on your vehicle!
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