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Gas economy

It probably comes as no surprise that like almost everyone these days I have had to create a budget and then try to live within my means, but then now that gas is a complete set of arms and legs per gallon what do you expect? Nothing less I hope!
So what can we do to economise? [url=]Gas economy [url]is based on improving fuel efficiency and achieving better mpg (miles per gallon for anyone who might not know).
How do we do that and make our money go further? I have an awful feeling that I am going to start the next paragraph with “Save money on gas by taking a few simple steps to increase your mpg.” So I won’t!
Be smart about driving and caring for your vehicle so you can make your gas budget go further.
It's frustrating to see gas prices skyrocketing. Consumers can feel helpless in the face of seasonal and economy-driven price fluctuations.
Combat rising gas prices by taking responsibility for what you can control. Follow these simple guidelines on how to improve your gas mileage. You might be surprised by how fast each little action step can really start adding up to significant savings for your gas budget.
Gas economy is all in the little details here are some to pick over!
Keep your tires well inflated. Auto dealerships often keep the tires somewhat under-inflated to allow for a softer, cushier test drive. Check to see that your tires are properly inflated.
Jackrabbit starts hurt your mileage. Don’t jam on the gas from a dead start. Be calm on the road by anticipating traffic flow; ease up on the accelerator instead of braking and gassing, braking and gassing.
Smaller vehicles will benefit most from decreased cargo weight. Unload your vehicle of unnecessary weight—even 100 pounds can affect gas mileage.
Remove bike racks and other car top racks to improve aerodynamics. This doesn’t have a huge effect on mileage, but every little bit helps.
Maximum fuel efficiency is 55 mph. This may vary slightly depending on the type of car you drive, but speeds over 60 mph decrease fuel efficiency drastically.
Cruise control on longer trips will help reduce consumption and increase mpg.
Obviously, idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Sitting in your car with the air running to keep cool may be a convenience, but hurts your over all mpg efficiency. This is particularly true for larger vehicles.
Using overdrive reduces the amount of rpm’s your engine requires and helps increase your mpg.
Running the air conditioning hurts your mpg by about 3%. Running the defroster also reduces your mileage, so use it sparingly.
Rolling the windows down does create drag and can reduce mileage, however, it puts less of a strain on the engine than running your air conditioner.
A well-tuned engine is critical and can make a huge difference in gas mileage.
Spark plugs, oil changes, air filters, fuel injectors, and tire inflation are easy things to keep up with.
Always use synthetic engine oil. Good oil improves fuel economy by reducing friction.
Use the grade recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer. Higher octane fuel may not only be a waste of money but may harm your vehicle, as well.
Do be wary of fuel additive claims. Check to make sure that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has registered the product.
If a product is registered with the EPA, law cannot void your warranty and you know that it won't harm your vehicle or the environment. The EPA does not, however, guarantee any claims to more efficient fuel economy for any product.
What else can you do
Ask others who drive the same car and see what kind of gas mileage they get. Compare notes.
Read your insurance and auto dealer newsletters for tips on how to get better gas mileage.
Carpool or ride a bike.
Buy a more fuel efficient automobile.
Combine your errands into more efficient trips.
Read your owner's manual.


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