Lubbock, TX (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
The national retail gasoline price has risen 43 cents or 13 percent to $3.73 per gallon since Jan. 17, according to the Automobile Association of America.
This trend is expected to continue, leaving drivers stumbling in the wake of exorbitant fuel prices. VehicleMD, a magazine dedicated to automotive maintenance, provides fuel saving tips to help extend drivers’ trips to the pump and keep a few more dollars in their wallets.
1. Easy Does It
It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating that the more aggressively people drive, the more gas they will use. Ease up on the jackrabbit starts and coast into stoplights instead of jamming on the brakes. Aggressive driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. An independent study by Edmunds.com found that driving in a moderate fashion can improve a driver’s mileage a combined 31 percent.
2. Don’t Speed
The national 55-mph speed limit was enacted during the ‘80s as a fuel-saving measure. Fuel mileage for vehicles rapidly declines at speeds above 60 mph. In fact, according to the DOT, each five mph over 60 you drive is like paying an additional $0.29 for gas (at a U.S. national average of $3.65 per gallon). Slowing down can save you as much as 12 percent on gas versus speeding.
3. Clean It Out
An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your fuel mileage by up to 2 percent. That’s about $1 per fill-up.
4. Shut It Down
Several independent test have shown that if a driver is going to let their vehicle idle for more than a minute, it is more cost effective to simply shut the car’s engine down, restarting it when you need to. An idling vehicle is getting zero miles per gallon.
5. Use The Cruise
The Edmunds.com study mentioned earlier also found that using cruise control versus your foot can save an average of about 7 percent on fuel economy, a fact backup up by DOT statistics.
6. Keep Tires Properly Inflated
According the DOT, properly inflated tires can improve mileage by up to 3.3 percent. Plus, properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.
To read the full article on fuel-saving tips from VehicleMD, visit: http://www.vehiclemd.com/?p=644
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