How to Save $ at the Pump, Part I
Top 5 Things You can do TODAY to Improve your MPG
- Drive Sensibly: Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town.
- Observe the Speed Limit: While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.30 per gallon for gas.
- Remove Excess Weight: Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%.
- Keep Your Windows Up: rolling the windows down will increase your vehicle’s amount of resistance by a relatively large percentage, like around 20%, which lowers your MPG.
- Check Your Tire Pressure: A tire pressure gauge is one of the cheapest tools you can own, and not only can it save you from a flat, it can also save you money on gas expenses. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that gas mileage can be lowered by 0.4% for every 1 PSI (pound per square inch) drop in the pressure of all four tires.
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