How To Conserve Gas

With gas prices reaching record highs, it is helpful to practice a few simple approaches to conserving your vehicle’s gasoline intake.

Observe the speed limit – Gas mileage decreases significantly when travelling above 60-65 mph. Each 10 mph increase over this will result in a 10-15% increase in gas consumption.
Replace your air filter regularly – This is often overlooked, but when replaced on a regular basis, can be an effective way to conserve gas.
Maintain properly inflated tires – Tires that are not fully inflated to the recommended pressure require more gas.
Service your car – Components such as old spark plugs, old belts, and old oil cause your fuel economy to drop.
Take the route with the fewest stops – When feasible, plan to take a route that has less traffic and the least amount of stops.
Keep your car lightweight – Avoid overly heavy loads when possible, as weighed-down loads use more gas.
Use air conditioner sparingly – Roll down your windows instead of using the air conditioning in the summer. Running the air conditioner lowers your vehicle’s fuel economy.
Use the correct octane fuel for your car – Use the type of fuel your vehicle’s owner manual calls for.
Tighten the gas cap – Gasoline can evaporate out of your tank if the cap is not tightly sealed. The Car Care Council estimates 147 million gallons of gas per year are lost to evaporation.
Evenly accelerate – By avoiding heavy braking and acceleration, you can avoid wasting gas unnecessarily.
Use cruise control – Maintaining a constant speed typically saves gas, so use cruise control when on the highway.
Avoid unnecessary idling – Idling wastes gas, as it gets 0 miles per gallon.
Use overdrive gears – Cars’ engine speed goes down when using overdrive gearing, which saves gas and also reduces engine wear.

For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.

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