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Tips For Better Gas Mileage

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Much like you, I spend far too much of my life cringing at the thought of filling my gas tank. Though I can't change the prices themselves, I can (and have!) come up with ways to increase my mileage while decreasing the amount of miles I have to drive. In the articles on this site, I share a few tips and tricks that can go a long way in lessening the impact the fuel pump has on your wallet. I hope you can use the knowledge within to save at least some bit of personal sanity.

Posted by admin on May 14, 2008

Tips On Saving Gas And Money

  • Consider car-pooling while sharing the gas price and the ride. Four colleagues riding one car is always economical than four people riding four different cars.
  • If possible, drive during off-peak hours and avoid the rush hours. A rush hour consumes almost 3 to 5 times more fuel and creates much pollution.
  • Plan your trips. Drive the shortest routes to your office, home, entertainment, vacation, and other outdoor activities. You can also use public transportation like train or bus, if possible, to visit places. You will meet different people on the way, can make friends, and can also get a good walking exercise.
  • Buy a small car. A small car is lighter and saves more fuel compared to a medium-sized or a large car.
  • Avoid drive-ins. Park your car and walk inside the shop. This saves fuel and is also a good walking exercise.
  • Rather than going for shopping every day, or many times a day, go shopping once in 2 to 3 days, or even once a week.
  • Allow your kids to walk to school, or allow them to use the school bus.
  • If you have more than one car, use the most fuel-efficient car most of the time.
  • If possible, relocate closer to your office. With rising fuel prices, relocating will save a lot of money and will also minimize the wear and tear of your vehicle.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts! Sudden stops and jerky starts consume more gasoline. Start with a smooth acceleration and deceleration. This saves much gas and also produces less stress on the engine, the tires, and the vehicle.
  • Drive at optimum speeds. A drive at 55 mph will save about 20 percent fuel compared to a fast drive at 65 mph.
  • During winter, remove all the snow from the car’s body. Snow on the car creates resistance to the oncoming air and slows down the vehicle. Also, more force needs to be applied to overcome the additional resistance.
  • Fine-tune all the engine parts, tires, wheel alignment, spark plugs, brakes, and other important parts. This saves much fuel.
  • Use a hybrid car if possible.
  • Get the car tested for any emission.

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