Improve your gas mileage!

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EASY things you can do to improve your gas mileage!


1. Change your air filter-A dirty air filter wastes gas and causes your engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your gas mileage by up to 10% Replacing your air filter can save you 28 cents per gallon or carry you 23 more miles on a tank of gas.

2. Keep your engine tuned up-This will improve your mileage by 4% which is a savings of about 11 cents per gallon.

3. Make sure your car is aligned-Poor alignment can reduce gas mileage by 10%

4. Check your tire pressure at least twice a year-Making sure your tire air pressure is at the correct levels can allow a gain of one to two miles per gallon and will improve gas mileage by 3% when on the road. Improper inflation can cost you up to 8 cents per gallon.

5. Limit unnecessary weight-For every 110 lbs of added weight, fuel efficiency is cut by 1-2%

6.Change your spark plugs-Worn or dirty spark plugs can cause misfiring which can waste fuel

7. Make sure your gas cap properly fits-17% of vehicles on the road have gas cap problems lead to 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year. A faulty gas cap can cost you 2 cents per gallon.

8. Don't drive aggressively-Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by up to 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets. How you approach a stop and accelerate away from one can make a big difference. Approach a stop slowly, avoid slamming on the brakes, and leave with a steady and slow acceleration movement.

9. Drive the posted speed limit-Gas mileage decreases at speeds above 60 mph. Driving 55-65 mph on the freeway costs you 2 miles per gallon. For every 5 miles slower you drive, you will save 7% in fuel consumption. Use Cruise control whenever possible to maintain a steady speed which is one of the best ways to improve your gas mileage.

10. When you need to fill your tank-Don't top it off since gasoline can slosh out and be wasted. Make sure to shop around for the lowest gas prices. Keep in mind that driving farther for cheaper gasoline is counter-productive and may end up costing you more in the long run. Go to AAA.com to look up prices in your area.

11. Consolidate your trip-When running errands, try to plan accordingly so that you you can get more done in an efficient manner.

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