Road To Fuel Economy
Small changes in the way you drive can have a big effect on the fuel economy of just about ANY car.
Here are a few tips for making trips to the pump more efficient:
1. Pressure Check: Government studies show that keeping your tires inflated to the recommended pressure can improve fuel economy by up to 3%. Bump those savings up to 5% by using the proper grade of otor oil
2. Shape Up With a Tune- Up: Fixing a car that's noticebly out of tune can improve gas milege by 4 %. Joining a auto club can save you money too.
3. Filter Maintenance: A healthy air filter can improve your car's gas milege by as much as 10%
4. Slow Down: Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is likepaying an addt'l 20 cents per gallon of gas
5. Dont't Be Agressive: Accelerating and braking abruptly can lower your gas milege by as much as 33% on the highway,and 5% in the city
6. Cruise, Don't Lose: Constant braking and accelerating causes less fuel effciency and a faster trip to the pump Use cruise control whenever possible
7. Combine Trips: Making multiple short trips from a cold start can use twice as much fuelas one long multipurpose trip
8. Consider a Hybrid: If you are in the market for a new car, hybrid-electric vehicles combine the best features of the internal combustion engine with the electric motor. Another money saving factor: the Energy Policy Act of 2005 established a federal tax credit for certain hybrids
9. Shop Around: If hybrids arent't for you, there are still plenty of conventional automobiles that can save you big bucks at the pump The difference between a car that gets 20 mpg and one that gets 30 mpg amounts to about $744 per year