Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Maintaining your Car to Save on Gas

Rising gas prices have made everyone pay attention to different ways to save money on gas. One of the biggest things you can do is properly maintain your car so that it's running at its highest efficiency possible. Here are a few easy tips that you can do right now to improve your mileage:

  • Constant braking and accelerating is one of the biggest gas eaters..it can reduce your highway mileage by as much as 1/3

  • Properly inflated tires can be 3-5% more efficient than those that aren't inflated to the right pressure

  • Heavy items in your car can soak up extra mileage. Take them out if you don't use them or need them.

  • Clean air filters can increase fuel economy by as much as 10%.


For more gas effiency tips, visit fueleconomy.gov. Also, to find the cheapest gas in your area before you head out, try out GasBuddy.com

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