10 Driving Tips For Saving Gas

10 Driving Tips For Saving Gas http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/auto/repairs/driving-tips-for-saving-gas/ bb3 May 19, 2010

By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee

Did you know that you can save considerably at the gas pump just by modifying your driving habits? Regardless of the type of car you drive, good driving habits contribute to more efficient fuel consumption, which saves you money and helps the planet, too.


Driving Tips

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Perform routine maintenance Your car needs the right proportions of air and fuel to run efficiently. A well-maintained vehicle will run at its best. Stay on schedule with oil changes, tune-ups, and keeping filters clean.
Keep tires inflated to ideal pressure Underinflated tires tend to decrease mileage. (They’re dangerous, too.) Check manufacturers’ recommendations and make sure your tires are inflated to the maximum PSI, measured when cold.
Combine short trips Warm engines run more efficiently than cold ones. Combining short errands (such as visiting the grocery store, dry cleaner, and bank) into one trip is an efficient way to save time, as well as gas.
Drive at moderate speeds Traveling at 55 mph can give you up to 21% better mileage when compared to 65 and 70 mph. To save gas, stay at or under the speed limit, and drive at a consistent rate of speed. Use cruise control on long trips.
Drive friendly Aggressive driving habits such as gunning the engine, speeding, screeching around corners, and jamming on the gas pedal are major fuel wasters. Avoid jack rabbit starts, and generally drive in a measured and moderate fashion for top fuel savings.
Travel light Extra weight in the car creates a drag on the engine and consumes extra gas. Don’t haul around heavy loads if you don’t have to. Check the trunk and back of the vehicle for unnecessary items that may be safely stored elsewhere.
Keep your car aerodynamic Good aerodynamics affect your car’s fuel efficiency by reducing drag, especially at high speeds. Keep windows and moon roof closed on the freeway. Even keeping the car’s exterior clean can make a difference.
Use the highest feasible gear Driving at high speeds in lower gears burns excessive fuel. On a manual transmission, pay attention to RPMs as you accelerate and shift into high gear as soon as you reasonably can.
Avoid excessive idling Idling uses a surprising amount of fuel – more than restarting the engine. If you need to wait in your parked vehicle for more than a minute or two, switch off the engine and only start up again when you’re ready to continue driving.
Ride share You’ll cut per-person fuel consumption in half when you share a ride. Ask friends and colleagues who live near you or frequent the same places you do to share a ride. You can split gas costs as many ways as there are passengers.
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