- Have your car tuned regularly. An engine tune-up can improve fuel economy by an average of 1 mile per gallon.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can decrease fuel economy by up to 1 mile per gallon.
- Slow down. The faster you drive the more gasoline your car uses. Driving at 65 miles per hour rather than 55 miles per hour cuts your fuel economy by about 2 miles per gallon.
- Avoid jackrabbit starts. Abrupt starts require about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.
- Pace your driving, unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can decrease fuel economy by up to 2 miles per gallon.
- Use your air conditioner sparingly. The use of air conditioning can reduce fuel economy by as much as 2 miles per gallon. (If you are traveling at highway speeds closing the windows can improve the aerodynamics enough to pay for the air conditioning.)
- Avoid lengthy engine idling. Turn your engine off when you are delayed for more than a couple of minutes.
- Plan your trips carefully. Combine short hops into one trip to do all your errands.
- Avoid traveling during rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel wasting patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idling periods.
- Clean out your ride to remove the extra weight.
by Birney Summers – 2009 All Rights Reserved