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Tips for better gas mileage

September 21, 2009

Last week we posted on 2009’s top 10 most green vehicles.  That post helps if you’re in the market for a vehicle.  But, what if you like your current vehicle or just can’t afford a new one?  Here are some tips to make your car or truck more fuel efficient.

According to www.fueleconomy.gov:

  1. Drive Sensibly.  Maintaining a steady speed can lower your fuel cost by 33% on the highway.  Rapid acceleration and braking causes you to waste gas.  So keep your road rage to a minimum!  And, to help you in maintaining a steady speed, remember your cruise control.
  2. Observe the speed limit.  Gas mileage usually decreases at speeds above 60mph and from 60mph to 75mph, your gas mileage decreases by 25%. 
  3. Remove excess weight. Unnecessary items in your car can cost you, especially the larger items.  An extra 100 pounds can cost you 2% on your average miles per gallon.
  4. Keep your car properly tuned.  Taking car of your engine can save you up to 4% on gas mileage.  Rule of thumb is around 7,500 miles or 6 months for tune ups.  Most owners manual, especially for newer models, advise you on when to have your car tuned up.
  5. Keep your tires properly inflated. Under inflated tires can decrease your gas mileage by 3%.  The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker on the driver’s side door jam, glove box or in the owner’s manual.
  6. Use the reccommended grade of motor oil.  Using the reccommended motor oil can save you 1-2%.  Rule of thumb is to change your motor oil every 5,000-7,000 miles for most vehicles. 

More information regarding these tips can be found at the Federal Trade Comission.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 30, 2009 9:32 pm

    All great suggestions. But I would also add:1. clean or change your air filter.2. rotate the tires3. put your car into neutral when you're stuck at a red light or in traffic.

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