1.Buy gas during the coolest part of the day (typically early morning or late at night). This is when gas you’ll find that gas is most dense. Because gas is measured out in volume, not density, you can get more for your money when purchasing this time of the day or night.
2. Keep your tires properly inflated. Keeping your tires to the proper inflation rate can help your fuel economy, while deflated tires decrease economy. Check your owner’s manual for the proper pressure that your tires should be inflated to.
3. Stop driving aggressively. This type of impatience in traffic can significantly increase your gas wasting, and is probably one of the most popular ways that people waste gas without even realizing it. Try to maintain a more steady pace. This is probably the most beneficial gas saving advice I can give.
4. Avoid quick acceleration. This causes your engine to work extremely hard to get up to speed quickly and if you have to slow down suddenly at a red light your acceleration was a complete waste. Try gradually increasing your speed.
5. Only use as much AC as needed. Excessive AC usage puts more strain on your engine and decreases your fuel economy. If it’s a nice day, simply roll the windows down.
6. Slow down! Your car is most fuel efficient at 55mph. Going faster then that can lower your fuel economy by 20 percent or more, not to mention get you a fat ticket.
7. Use your cruise control. If you’re driving on the highway, set your cruise control to about 55mph and just glide to your destination. This steady pace can do wonders for you fuel efficiency.
8. Avoid excessive idleness. If you’re car is in idle mode for more than a minute (for example, at a long stoplight or a long line at a fast food drive through), the best thing to do would be to turn the engine off, as this can add up.
9. Check your air-filter. Keeping your air filter clean can greatly increase your fuel economy. Having a dirty air filter will restrict the air flow that reaches your engine, causing harm to your performance and efficiency. A simple way to tell if your air filter needs to be changed is to hold it up to the sun. If you can’t see light coming through the filter, then it’s time to get a new one. Try buying a K&N or similar brand filter which can be cleaned rather than thrown away as this method is environmentally friendly.
10. When purchasing new tires make sure they are not any wider than the stock tires. Though big rims and tires look “blinged out”, they can create rolling resistance and decrease fuel economy. If you must have wider than stock tires try keeping your old tires for when you are going on longer trips.
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