Gas Saving Strategies

On your next trip to the pump, try these tips

The surge in gasoline prices may make you hesitate on your next trip to the pump. Prices are higher than they’ve ever been before.

Higher crude oil prices and manipulation of supplies by oil companies are being blamed, but where does that leave the overburdened consumer? If you find yourself stuck in neutral, take these tips on your next trip to the pump:

  • Lower the grade quality. If your car doesn’t require premium-grade gas, don’t buy it.
  • Clean your fuel injectors. Doing so will increase your gas mileage by up to 5%. Check your automobile’s maintenance schedule, then try your local automotive shop for products.
  • Use the overdrive gears. When you use overdrive on the highway, the car’s engine speed decreases, reducing the amount of fuel used.
  • Accelerate gradually. Flooring or stabbing the gas pedal pushes more fuel to the engine than necessary. Also, use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed.
  • Check your air filter and tire pressure. Having your oil changed every 3,000 miles or every three months (depending on the make and model of your car) can increase your fuel efficiency. Also check your tire pressure monthly to reduce excessive drag.
  • Avoid unnecessary idling. If you anticipate a long wait, turn the car off. And open the windows instead of turning on the AC, which can burn up gasoline.
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