Tips to Save Gas
The number one tip to save gas is to drive less, but let’s be real. For most of us that’s just not an option. Sure you can carpool the kids to school, or catch a ride to the office with a co-worker, but , the reality is we drive about as much as we need to.
So here are some tips to save gas without cutting back on how much you drive:
- Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
- Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by 3 percent.
- Replace dirty or clogged air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 14 percent.
- Replace dirty spark plugs, they can reduce mileage by two miles per gallon.
- Change oil regularly to gain another mile per gallon (remember oil changes are free for Express Auto customers).
- Check the gas cap. Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.
- Drive a little slower. Gas mileage decreases sharply above 60 mph.
- Avoid idling when you can. Idling gets zero miles per gallon.
- Avoid aggressive driving. Quick starts and stops can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
- Group errands. Several short trips can use twice as much gas as one longer multi-errand trip.
- Don’t haul junk in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.
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