I’m not sure about you, but I hate having to stop for gas. So if I can put that one errand on hold for as long as possible, I’m going to do what I can.
Below are some proven tips from Consumer Reports to help you spend less time at the pump.
No idling. There is no need to warm up your car or keep it running while waiting for passengers. The general rule-of-thumb is to turn off your car if you know you’ll be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Don’t worry about the starter, it is designed for multiple, repeated starts.
Combine trips. Avoid making multiple short trips or try to combine all errands into one trip. If you can, avoid rush hour, as sitting in traffic burns more gas and emits more pollutants. Why not try carpooling?
Watch your speed. For those of you out there who like to drive fast, this one will make a huge difference. Did you know that the faster you drive on the highway, the worse your gas mileage will be? ConsumerReports.org saw fuel economy in a test vehicle drop 5 mpg when the cruising speed was increased from 55 mph to 65. Driving at 75 mph cost an additional 5 mpg.
Drive smoothly. Avoid hard acceleration and braking when possible. In the same test vehicle, Consumer Reports found that frequent bursts of acceleration and braking reduced fuel economy by 2 to 3 mpg.
Tire inflation. In our tests, we found fuel economy is reduced when tires are not inflated to where they should be. Check your tires’ pressure and top off as needed when they’re cold (before the vehicle has been driven or after no more than a couple of miles of driving). Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer, not the maximum pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewall. The recommended pressure is usually found on a placard on a front door jamb, in the glove compartment, or in the owner’s manual.
These are just a few of the things Consumer Reports recommended… click-through to read the full report here: 11 money-saving fuel economy tips
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