Drive Smart: 10 Ways to Save Gas and Money

Sep 25, 2013 Comments Off on Drive Smart: 10 Ways to Save Gas and Money by

Want to save 20% or more on fuel costs? Follow these 10 simple tips.

Check Your Air Filter
A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%, and nearly one in four cars needs an air filter replacement.

Straighten Up
Poor alignment not only causes tires to wear out more quickly, but also forces your engine to work harder, which can reduce fuel economy by as much as 10%.

Tune Up
A properly tuned engine can improve mileage by 4%.

Pump ‘em Up
More than one-quarter of vehicles have improperly inflated tires. The average under-inflation of 7.5 pounds causes a loss of 2.8% in fuel efficiency.

Check Your Cap
It is estimated that nearly 17% of cars on the road have broken or missing gas caps, which not only reduces gas mileage but may harm the environment.

Slow Down
For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7%.

Drive More Smoothly
The more smoothly you accelerate and decelerate, the better your gas mileage, with potential gas savings of 33% on the highway and 5% around town.

(Don’t) Give Your Foot a Brake
Riding with your foot on the brake not only wears out brakes but can also increase gas consumption by as much as 35%.

Lighten Up
For every 100 extra pounds carried around, your vehicle loses 1 to 2% in fuel efficiency.

Don’t Be Idle
Besides causing pollution, idling wastes gas. If stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine, and don’t bother to ‘warm up’ your car before driving — it is not necessary.

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