Richmond, VA (PRWEB) August 05, 2014
Most people think the only way to improve your gas mileage is to buy a more efficient car. In truth, you can save a significant amount of gas just by changing your driving habits. Get your car to go further on a tank of gas by trying these four common-sense for better fuel economy techniques from comparenow.com:
1. Lightening the load: Every extra pound slows you down. If your trunk is typically packed with purchases you haven't brought inside or boxes of things you've been meaning to donate, clear it all out. But use common sense: Don't jettison your jumper cables and other safety gear.
2. Properly inflating tires: Underinflated tires don't grip the road as well, dragging down your gas mileage. Check the label on your car to find out the optimal tire pressure, and try to keep it at that level.
3. Turning off the AC: Drivers have long debated whether it's more fuel-efficient to turn on the AC or leave the windows down while driving on the highway. A "Mythbusters" episode found that open windows are better, but many auto experts disagree. Extremely thrift drivers leave the windows up and the air conditioning off, for a sweltering but efficient trip.
4. Using cruise control: If you have cruise control, use it whenever possible — not just on long road trips. And slow down! According to fueleconomy.gov, every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is equivalent to paying an extra 25 cents per gallon of gas.
If you can increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent, you're saving $1.05 on each $3.50 gallon of gas. To get a sense of how successful your new driving techniques are, invest in a digital fuel efficiency gauge (if your car doesn't already have one). Seeing your savings in real time makes all the difference.
Comparenow.com is a limited liability corporation headquartered in Richmond, VA, majority owned by the Admiral Group, LLC, the UK’s second largest auto insurer and a member of the FTSE 100. Currently offering car insurance comparison services for US consumers in 46 states, comparenow.com allows consumers to fill out a single form and get multiple quotes from trusted auto insurers. Through simple side-by-side comparison, comparenow.com makes finding the best available rates on car insurance easy.