Gas Saving Tips
Here are some ways that you can reduce your gasoline bill, through driving habits and routine maintenance:
- Straigten out your Wheel Alignment - Poor wheel alignment forces your engine to work harder, which
can reduce mileage by up to 10 %. Additionally, poor alignment causes extra wear and tear on your tires.
- Inflate Tires Properly - According to the Consumer Federation of America, underinflating your tires
by 7.5 pounds will cause a 2.8 % loss in fuel efficiency.
- Make Sure your Air Filter is Clean - A dirty air filter can reduce gas mileage by as much as 10 %.
- Look for Missing Gas Cap - A missing gas cap can reduce gas mileage, and will also pollute the air.
- Get a Tune-up - A tuned-up engine can increase gas mileage by 4 %.
- Drive Slowly - Slower driving (i.e., not speeding) can save on gas mileage. Every 5 MPH of reduced highway
speed can translate into a reduction of 7 % of fuel consumption.
- Shed Weight in Car - For every 100 extra pounds of cargo, your car loses between 1-2 % in fuel efficiency.
- Don't Ride Your Brakes - Riding your brakes can be poor for the wear-and-tear on your brakes, and can also
reduce gas consuption by up to 35 %.
- Smooth Acceleration - Smotth acceleration and deceleration can improve gas mileage by as much as 33 %
for highway driving, and as much as 5 % for local driving.
- Avoid Idling - Except at traffic lights, if you are stopped on the road for greater tahn 30 seconds, turn
off your engine. Additionally, avoid warming up your car before driving it - this is unnecessary.
- Use Proper Motor Oil - Always use the exact oil recommended by your car's manufacturer. Using motor
oil, not made for your engine, can cause a degradation in gas mileage, and can also cause harm to your engine.
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