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The Five Best Gas Mileage Tips

Posted by Administrator on September 3rd, 2006

The Five Best Gas Mileage Tips
by Scott Babb

Gas prices vary up and down, but one thing stays constant: Everybody wants to get the best gas mileage. Here are the five best gas mileage tips:

1. Check your tire pressure. This is quick and easy to do and it can have a significant impact on fuel economy. Tire pressure changes as the outdoor temperature goes up and down, so it’s a good idea to check it often. Underinflated tires hurt your mileage, and overinflated tires wear faster and can be unsafe. Check your owner’s manual or open the driver’s door to see the sticker with the recommended pressures. To keep your mileage at it’s best and your tire wear to a minimum, have your wheel alignment checked, too.

2. Keep your engine breathing well with a clean air filter. A clogged air filter can slash your mileage. If it’s been awhile since your air filter was replaced, consider having a new one installed. They’re inexpensive and an effective way to save gasoline. Some people buy aftermarket air filters that let their engines breathe even easier and can be washed and reused, instead of discarded and replaced.

3. Remove the wind blockers. Roof racks and boxes, trunk racks, and hitch racks all add wind resistance and hurt your mileage. Remove these items when you’re not using them and you’ll boost your gas mileage. If you’re thinking about adding any “style” features to your car like large spoilers, consider the impact that will have on your fuel economy. Not only can these things be expensive to buy, but having them on your car can cost you money at the gas pump for years to come. Removing racks and other items that disturb airflow is especially important on hybrid cars. Hybrids are carefully engineered for minimum wind resistance. Adding to their wind resistance can hurt your mileage significantly.

4. Reduce your speed. Yes, this can be a tough one, but above 55 MPH small increases in speed mean big increases in wind resistance and corresponding drops in gas mileage. The higher the MPH, the lower the MPG! Leave a little earlier and choose routes with less stop-and-go traffic where you can maintain a constant speed and you’ll get better gas mileage than if you have to make a last-minute dash in heavy traffic.

5. Turn the car off. The best fuel economy is when you’re not burning any gas at all. If you can walk or take public transportation, you’ll save money. If you need to drive somewhere, turn the car off if you’ll be stopped for a minute or more. Today’s cars are much more efficient than older cars were when it comes to starting. You’ll save gas if you skip the drive-through lanes, park your car, turn it off, and go inside to do your business. If you have very cold winters, consider getting an electric engine heater to warm your car up for the morning commute instead of running it in idle to warm it up. You’ll save gas and money.

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