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