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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Easy Ways to Improve Gas Mileage

Gas prices may be on the decline for now but there is no reason why you shouldnot find ways to save on fuel costs. With a few easy to do practices, you cansignificantly improve your gas mileage and start saving up on gas expenses.Here are some effective gas mileage tips:Be an efficient driver – Avoid aggressive driving habits such as speeding,rapid acceleration and excessive braking as these can lower your gas mileageanywhere between 5-33%. Always observe the speed limit; the gas mileage of avehicle significantly lowers at speeds of above 60mph. Remove unnecessary heavyitems in your vehicle as this can also reduce your MPG.

When running shorterrands such as picking up the kids, or going to the drive-thru, avoidexcessive idling as this also wastes gas. Use cruise control and overdrivegear.Maintain your car in good shape – Keeping your engine properly tuned isprobably the most practical way to save gas. Not only will you improve gasmileage, you also improve your car’s safety and longevity. Meanwhile, regularlyreplacing the air filters, an often neglected part of the vehicle, can increaseyour gas mileage by as much as 10%. You should also keep an eye on the wheels.By keeping them inflated to the proper pressure, they can help you improve gasmileage by as much as 3.3%. Furthermore, using the manufacturer’s recommendedgrade of motor oil can slash 1-2% from your gas consumption.Plan and combine your trips – combining trips and errands will help you notonly save gas money but also on time. With a little planning and scheduling,you can reduce the distance you need to travel as well as the frequency ofthese trips which translates to lower gas consumption.Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle – The era of gas-guzzling SUVs and monstertrucks is gone. When in the market for a new car, make fuel efficiency yourmain yardstick when selecting and comparing vehicle models.