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With the cost of fuel these days,
you can get the best mileage
possible from your car by keeping
it in top shape and using some easy
energy saving ideas.
Consider these Tips:
Probably the biggest waste of gas
is an improperly tuned engine.
A rough running engine uses more
gas quicker than a properly
Under inflation or over inflation of
tires can lead to decreased fuel
mileage and improper wear,
shortening the life of your tires.
Check your owner's manual for the
recommended tire pressure and
check your tires regularly with
a tire pressure gauge.
Dirty air filters can also cause
your engine to run at less than
Regular visual checks of the air
filter will tell you if it needs
replacing and your owner's manual
will also recommend appropriate
Using the correct viscosity oil is
important because higher viscosity
oils have greater resistance to the
moving parts of the engine, and
therefore use more gas.
air conditioner use:
Driving with the A/C on puts a big
drain on your gas mileage.
Keep it off until the summer heat
sets in and you'll save.
Quick starts from a stoplight or
stop sign use more fuel than
smooth, steady acceleration.
Studies have shown that accelerating
moderately and stopping gradually
may cut gas consumption by as much
If you have errands to run, think ahead
and plan your route to avoid backtracking
or getting stuck in traffic jams.
Sometimes a somewhat longer route
that lets you maintain a steady speed
can be more fuel efficient than a
shorter route that has a lot of
Aggressive driving in city traffic saves
The same goes for freeway driving.
very little time but greatly increases
It is also hard on the engine and
The safer, more fuel-efficient option
is to accelerate smoothly and maintain
a steady speed.
Accelerate smoothly when passing
other cars or when merging with
Also, avoid hard braking by leaving plenty
of room between your car and the
one in front of you.
Unnecessary idling of the engine
will cause excessive fuel use.
If you're going to be sitting in the
car for a while, shut it off.