5 Good Gas-Saving Tips

If you’re like me, you’re open to any tricks that will help you get more mileage out of each gallon of gas. So, here are a few you might want to try.
1) Find a Better Way – Do you hit a lot of stop lights on your way to work? Then take the road less traveled. Find a more fuel-efficient route to the office or other frequent destinations and stop wasting gas at intersections.
2) Kill the A.C. – If you can do without the cool breeze, you can squeeze more miles out of each tank. If it’s just too hot to quit cold turkey, wait as long as you can to turn on the air conditioning, and then turn it off once you’re about 10 minutes away from your destination.
3) Use Your Brakes Wisely – How can braking improve your fuel economy? Well, it’s actually not braking that helps. Your car burns the most gas when you step on the accelerator, especially when you’re starting from a dead stop. (That’s one of the reasons busy-city, stop-and-go driving drains your tank faster than non-stop trips down the highway.) So, when approaching red or yellow lights or moving slowly through a traffic jam, take your foot off the gas pedal, coast as long as possible, and don’t apply the brakes until you need to. In heavy traffic, decelerating, as it’s known, can improve your fuel economy by as much as 20%.
4) Remove That Ski Rack – Unless you’re in ‘round-the-clock downhill mode, take the ski rack off your vehicle. Same with the bike and/or luggage racks. They add weight to your car and can increase wind resistance.
5) Share the Ride – It may take a little organizing and then a little getting used to, but carpooling can be a very effective way to save gas and reduce the wear on your tires and other vehicle components. And who knows: you may even make a few good friends.

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