31
May
11

Gas saving tips!

No matter where you live, you can see the increase in gas prices. This cost of gas definitely has most altering driving or travel plans and trying to figure out ways to save. AAA found that 4 in 10 drivers alter their plans in some way because of high gas prices. Here are a few tips that may help you save a few dollars on gas and hopefully give you piece of mind that you can keep your gas cost under control.

  • Make sure to keep your trunk light. According to the U.S. Department of Energy an extra 100 pounds can reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2%.
  • Park instead of drive-through. Experts recommend that you park your car instead of waiting in the drive-through line. Chevy found that waiting in drive-through for 15 minutes can use an extra quarter gallon of gas when they tested this using the Chevy Cruze.
  • Driving aggressively will cost you. The Department of Energy says driving sensibly can reduce gas bill by 5% in the city and 33% highway.
  • Use cruise control. For maximum efficiency maintain the same speed.
  • Keep it under 60 miles per hour. The Department of Energy estimates that for every 5 mph that you go over 60 mph will cost you 24 cents per gallon in gas.
  • Plan ahead. Fewer trips and driving less when your engine is cold makes it so your car is operating more efficiently.
  • Shop around. Make sure you know where the best gas prices are. With so many online resources you can shop around before you drive around.
  • Check your tires. According to the Department of Energy, proper tire inflation can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 3%.
  • Try and drive less. Walk/bike when you can. Take advantage of public transportation when possible and when you do have to drive, try to carpool.

To read full article in Autos on MSNBC.com, please click here.


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