With the cost of gas always on the rise, learning to squeeze extra miles out of every gallon is a matter of necessity – much like having the right auto insurance coverage.
Here are some recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy for getting better fuel economy; they may seem obvious, but they really can make a difference.
Change how you drive
Aggressive driving (speeding, jack rabbit starts and hard braking) wastes gas. At highway speeds, it can drop your gas mileage by 33% (and by 5% around town).
Driving 60 miles per hour instead of 70 mph will save you 2-4 miles per gallon over the duration of your trip
Save your brakes by coasting to a stop as much as possible
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, generally, will save gas.
Maintain your vehicle
Check your tire pressure. Making sure your vehicle’s tires are set to the recommended pressure can increase fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent.
Next time you change your oil, have the air filter checked as well. Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can save up to 10 percent on fuel costs.
Fill your tank on cool mornings. Fuel is denser in colder weather. Gas pumps measure by volume, so if you pump when it’s cold, you get more gas for your money.
Ideally, slower speeds will save more than gas – they may save lives as well, as the incidence of accidents drop with slower speeds. This may also affect lowering car insurance rates in the long term.
*Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $3.35/gallon
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