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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tips for Drivers

Fuel-Saving Tips for Drivers

  • Have our car tuned regularly. An engine tune-up can improve car fuel economy by an average of 1 mile per gallon.
  • Keep our tires properly inflated. Under inflated tired can decrease fuel economy by upto 1 mile per gallon.
  • Slow down. The faster we drive, the more gasoline our car uses. Driving at 65 milesper hour rather than 55 miles per hour reduces fuel economy by about 2 miles per gallon.
  • Avoid jackrabbit starts. Abrupt starts require about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.
  • Pace our driving. Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can decrease fuel economy by up to 2 miles per gallon. Stay alert and drive steadily, not erratically. Keep areasonable, safe distance from the car ahead of you and anticipate traffic conditions.
  • Use our air conditioner sparingly. The use of air conditioning can reduce fuel economy by as much as 2 miler per gallon under certain speeds and operating conditions. When you get to our destination, park in the shade to reduce the need for using the air conditioner.
  • Plan our trips in advance. Combine short trips into one to do all our errands. Avoid traveling during rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel-consumption patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idling periods. Consider joining a car pool.
  • Turn off the engine in stops more than 1 minute
  • Avoid piling a lot of luggage on the roof rack. The added weight on the frontal area dragson the car and will hurt fuel economy.
  • Don't drive with our windows wide open. That increases aerodynamic drag at highway speeds and lowers fuel economy.

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