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Old 01-22-2009, 03:48 PM
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Get in the habit of using cruise control. Although this isn't an option during bumper-to-bumper rush hour, using cruise control eliminates the constant need to accelerate and break on the highway. Going at a steady speed on a relatively level road will better your gas mileage. On a side note, keep in mind that cruise control is definitely not gas efficient on hilly roads. Another advantage to using cruise control is that it monitors those of you who may have lead feet- gas is very costly along with speeding tickets!
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:36 PM
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Keep windows up. When the windows are down, the smooth aerodynamics of a car at high speeds can be hindered with the drag it creates. In the dog days of summer, however, having the windows down can be advantageous over blasting the air conditioner.
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Keep windows up. When the windows are down, the smooth aerodynamics of a car at high speeds can be hindered with the drag it creates. In the dog days of summer, however, having the windows down can be advantageous over blasting the air conditioner.
In summer, you can drive with the windows down up to 40 miles per hour with little if any effect on the mileage; above that, roll up the windows and run the air conditioner.

Incidentally, driving this way when you get into the car after it's been sitting in the hot sun will reduce the load on the air condtioner when you start out on a trip....
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It is easy to be disappointed when, after purchasing a new car--particularly one you bought for its high fuel mileage--you discover your miles per gallon can and do vary, often significantly, from the carmaker's EPA estimate.

Keep in mind the EPA estimates are based on controlled-condition laboratory tests that come nowhere near the variables of real-world driving. Such factors as short trips, start-and-stop driving, or driving with a heavy foot on the accelerator will greatly reduce your mileage as compared to the EPA figures.

Driving on long, level roads, with an easy foot on the gas or (as I often do) using the cruise control whenever practical will increase your MPG figures. Review the fuel savings tips above, too!
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Exclamation Carrying extra gas in your car? DON'T DO IT!

It's an old idea that's come around yet again in these days of high gasoline prices: Carrying cans (or, depending on the size of the vehicle, even 55-gallon drums) of gasoline in the back of your ride to save money.

DON'T DO IT. The fuel system of your vehicle is designed to meet Federal safety standards. Tampering with the system to accommodate an extra fuel source will damage your vehicle and void your manufacturer's and government emissions warranties...and expose you and your passengers to fumes, odors and possible fire or explosion hazards in a collision.

Extremely poor economy, in anyone's book....
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:36 PM
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Periodically service your car. What may seem like minor steps can actually make big leaps in saving gas. Frequently changing your oil, air filters, and spark plugs will improve fuel efficiency. These expenses will be recouped from the money you will save from gas.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:37 PM
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Make sure your tires are properly filled with air. For obvious reasons, this will increase fuel economy.
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Remove any and all clutter. Do not feel the need to lug your life around in your trunk. Eliminating excessive weight from your car will help with saving gas.
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Easy accelerations and gentle on the brakes. During stop-and-go traffic, avoid accelerating. Instead, simply release your brakes. There is no need to rush, because you're not getting anywhere. In this situation accelerating abruptly only leads to abrupt stops.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:38 PM
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Consolidate your errands into one trip. Prioritize and plan your driving route before leaving to run errands. Jot down in order, the places you need to go. This way, you won't have to make numerous trips to get your tasks done. This a productive habit to acquire in the department of your financial and personal life
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Lightbulb Consolidating errands AND keeping your engine healthy, too

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Consolidate your errands into one trip. Prioritize and plan your driving route before leaving to run errands. Jot down in order, the places you need to go. This way, you won't have to make numerous trips to get your tasks done. This a productive habit to acquire in the department of your financial and personal life
It sounds counterproductive, but make the first stop on your trip at the store or business furthest from your home. This will allow the engine to warm up properly and reduce short-trip side effects such as water accumulation in your exhaust system, which can contribute to excessive wear on your muffler and exhaust pipe.

And running with a warm engine is more fuel-efficient, too.
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Ditch the car. The most economical solution to saving gas is finding other forms of transportation. Invest in a bike, skateboard, scooter, and even a moped. Although mopeds are powered by gas, the fuel efficiency is by far favorable in comparison to cars. Some of these forms of transportation may not always be realistic, but take advantage of them whenever possible. If driving is necessary, always consider the option of carpooling.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:39 PM
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Don't put the pedal to the metal. Your gas mileage decrease the faster you go. So if you have a long trip ahead of you, try driving the speed limit and saving some bucks at the fuel pump.
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Keeping with extra features, external add-ons can also greatly reduce your car's performance. Bigger tires and wheels may look better but if they're bigger than what you vehicle calls for then you may be lowering your gas mileage due to rolling resistance. Be sure to keep the original tires if you upgrade, because on long trips they will provide a better ride and more gas to the gallon.
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Always check your air filter, as a filthy filter will restrict the air flow through the engine. This will lower the car's performance and thus cause it to need more fuel to reach its normal performance levels.
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Saving an old car that is great on gas mileage can vastly help you save money in times where gas prices spike. Especially if you own a large truck or SUV, having a smaller, more economical second car can help alleviate the pinch at the gas pumps for short periods until the prices fall once again.
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The most obvious way to save on fuel is by not driving at all. If your destination is close by then take a walk or ride a bike. Also, try carpooling or other alternate methods of transportation such as taking the bus or train.
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:21 AM
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Do not fill up with midgrade or premium gasoline unless your car owner's manual specifically requires it. 87-octane regular gasoline works well in virtually every car being sold today. Some of the newest cars are designed to perform at its best with premium, but will also run acceptably well on regular...

Also, do NOT let your fuel gauge drop below 1/4 full. Most new cars have electric fuel pumps inside the gas tank, and strange as it sounds, gasoline lubricates and cools the pump. Letting your gas level drop too low can damage the fuel pump as well as clog up your fuel filters.
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Also, do NOT let your fuel gauge drop below 1/4 full. Most new cars have electric fuel pumps inside the gas tank, and strange as it sounds, gasoline lubricates and cools the pump. Letting your gas level drop too low can damage the fuel pump as well as clog up your fuel filters.

In the winter, you should try to make sure your tank doesn't even drop below 1/2 tank full. In addition to the reasons above, air and gasoline volumes contract in cold weather, and expand once the engine is warmed, which may cause your gasoline gauge to show you as having more gas than you actually do!
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:57 PM
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While the price of gas may have dropped dramatically from where it was six months ago, remember that this may not always be the case! Just because gas is "cheap" again doesn't mean you have to return to all your old driving habits!
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