Tips for better gas mileage

April 1, 2009

For better gas mileage, DRIVE  SENSIBLY: It’s common sense that speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas. Your gas mileage can be reduced by as much as 33 percent at highway speeds and by as much as 5 percent around town.

For better gas mileage, OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT: Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Estimates are that each 5 mph you drive in excess of 60 mph is like paying an additional 15% per gallon for gas.

For better gas mileage, REMOVE UNNECESSARY WEIGHT: Avoid keeping  items you don’t need in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. Estimates are that an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can diminish your fuel economy by up to 2 percent.

For better gas mileage, AVOID EXCESS IDLING: Vehicles with larger engines normally waste more gas while idling  than do cars with smaller engines. While idling is sometimes necessary,avoid excess idling in order to achieve better gas mileage.

For better gas mileage, USE CRUISE CONTROL: Cruise control while on the highway will help you achieve a constant speed and usually allow better gas mileage.

For better gas mileage, USE OVERDRIVE GEARS: When you take advantage of your vehicle’s overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This allows for better gas mileage and also cuts down on engine wear.

For better gas mileage, KEEP YOUR ENGINE IN PROPER TUNE: Tuning up an engine that has failed an emissions test or is noticeably can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. Even better gas mileage can be seen when serious maintenance problems are addressed.

For better gas mileage, KEEP TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED: You can get better gas mileage of up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper level. Tires that are under-inflatedan can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. They also give you better gas mileage!

For better gas mileage, USE THE RECOMMENDED MOTOR OIL: You can get better gas mileage of between 1 and 2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. In addition, search for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the label to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives. Doing so will allow you to get better gas mileage.


One Response to “Tips for better gas mileage”

  1. teacherstuff said

    Good stuff! Doing a blog on this topic may be better. I tried a page way back when the prices sky-rocketed. It did okay and the domain is not too bad. But, as the economy tanked and gas prices plunged, the visits dropped to zero. I had actually changed it to sell a gas-saving ebook, but that did not take off either. So, I redid the page with a few articles. Looks like traffic is increasing ever so slightly. Like I said, a blog may be better as it can be appealing to a broader audience.
    Good luck! If you are intersted in buying the
    site or the domain, let me know! I’d let it go

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