A car consumes the most gas when it
DON’T FALL INTO THE “IDLING TRAP” This is most definitely a don’t! If you are going to
accelerates. In order to improve your mileage
be stopped for more than 10 seconds (except
and stay efficient while you maneuver through traffic, keep the
when you are in traffic), you will save money and fuel by
ride smooth. use your car’s idle to cruise into a full stop. Avoid
turning your vehicle off. For every 10 minutes you leave your
speeding up and abruptly slowing down in traffic.
car idling, you are wasting 5 cents of gas. It may not seem like much, but over time those nickels can add up.
MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE Checking and changing your air filters when needed will significantly improve your Mpg
BE AN EFFICIENT TRAVELER Everyone lives a busy lifestyle and falls into the
and save you money in the long run. Simply making sure the
trap of making unnecessary trips. plan ahead
pressure in the tires is correct is another way to maximize gas
to make all of your stops while you are already out and about
usage. If your tires are inflated to the correct pressure, it could
with your daily errands. doing so can help cut your distance
improve your gas mileage by 3 percent or the equivalent to
traveled and your fuel consumption in half.
saving 11 cents per gallon. you can check to see what the ideal pressure is for your car tires by looking in the owner’s manual.
WINDOW KNOWLEDGE IS KEY Open windows while speeding down the freeway can cause air drag and, depending
on your speed, reduce your miles per gallon by 10 percent! However, if you are driving at a slower speed, you can save gas by turning off the air conditioning and cracking the windows for some fresh air.
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