Gas Saving Tips

As of today (June 5, 2008), the average cost of gas in Kansas is $3.85/gallon and the national average gas price is more than $3.96/gallon!  Here are a few tips to help improve your mpg so you will not have to take out a loan next time you need to fill up.

 

Maintenance – Your vehicle manual should have a maintenance schedule.  Read over it and try to follow it regularly.  A maintained car is an efficient car.

 

Give it Air – Fuel economy can increase by almost 5% if you keep your tires inflated to the recommended pressure.

 

Take Your Time – Let’s be honest; who doesn’t go over the speed limit every now and then?  Speeding takes a hit on your fuel efficiency.  Try to slow down and enjoy the drive, by doing so you will also enjoy filling up less often.

 

Get Off My Back – Don’t tailgate! Lengthen the room between your car and the one in front of you.  This will allow you to brake less and coast more.

 

Cool Off – Try rolling down your windows when traveling at low speeds.  If you are going over 50 miles per hour, it is more cost-effective to turn on the AC.

 

Lighten Up – Get rid of any extra junk in your trunk.  If you don’t need it, why pay to drive it around?

 

Buy Smart – Look for cars that good gas mileage. With gas almost $4/gallon, the extra price of a hybrid is almost offset by the amount you will save at the pump.  Also, they are better for the environment.

 

If you have any further tips that would be beneficial for everyone, please share in the comments section below.

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