Better Gas Mileage, Gas is Going Up $$

We get a variety of questions here at the site.  When gas prices start to go up – and MSNBC is reporting that gas prices are on track to surpass summer’s peak – everyone wants to know how to save on gas.

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach from the TODAY Show, has this advice from preview blog.

  • Change your engine air filter – this is the lungs of your car, dirty air filters are easy to replace = SAVINGS 10%

  • Gas cap: Broken missing or loose gas is just a waste. Last year 147 million gallons of gas evaporated. Tighten your gas cap – CLICK, CLICK

Other gas-guzzlers include

  • Dirty oil  = 1 mile per gallon
  • Slipping automatic transmission = 1 mile per gallon
  • Cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold =  2 miles per gallon.

Driving Habits to that Improve Fuel Efficiency

  • Avoid quick or “jackrabbit” starts and stops.
  • Aggressive driving wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% in the city.
  • Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 miles per hour.
  • Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon.
  • Don’t sit in the drive thru, go inside
As always, Lauren has terrific advice.
- Susan

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