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Tips for Saving Gas
If you’re looking for a free gas card, you’ll probably be interested in some tips for saving that precious fuel. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Do not drive aggressively. Rapid starts, braking, and speeding wastes gas like you wouldn’t believe. At highway speeds, you can decrease your gas mileage by up to 33% of you drive aggressively. Additionally, driving like a sensible person is also safer for everyone involved. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll be saving lives as well.
- Pay attention to and follow the speed limit. Speed limits are put into place for a reason. One of the obvious reasons is of course safety, but it also has to do with fuel economy. While driving faster than 55 MPH on the highway, fuel economy starts to degrade exponentially. Basically, for each 5 MPH you drive over 60 MPH on the highway, expect to pay an additional $0.25 or so for gas per gallon. Speed does in fact cost money. How fast do you want to go?
- Get rid of the weight. Remove all things that aren’t necessary from your trunk and vehicle. Carrying around excess weight is detrimental on your fuel economy, because your vehicle has to work harder to maintain speed. An extra 100 pounds in your car can reduce mileage by 1% or more. Every little bit helps.
- Don’t idle. If you can help it, don’t idle your vehicle. Idling awards you with a big fat 0 MPG, eroding your other efforts to maintain a high miles-per-gallon average.
- Use cruise control. Most cars these days have cruise control, so it’s beneficial to use it. Not only is it convenient, it automatically eliminates unnecessary acceleration and speeds in your vehicle. Set it to the speed limit, jump into the right-hand lane and let everyone else worry about passing you.
- Overdrive. Most of you probably drive automatic transmissions. If you aren’t, make sure you’re using the highest gear possible at highway speeds. Higher gears allow traveling at lower engine revolutions per minute, equating to increased gas mileage.
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