With gas prices climbing, we thought you'd find these quick tips for using less gas helpful. Many of them have been shared by members of our community!
- Avoid accelerating or decelerating quickly. Keeping a steady pace conserves gas.
- Obey speed limits. Did you know that cars use about 20 percent more fuel to go 70 miles per hour than they do going 55 miles per hour? Using your cruise control can help you stay the course (and you can decrease your gas use by five to 10 percent on long trips this way!).
- Find the lowest gas prices around. GasBuddy.com gives you a day-by-day look at the highest and lowest gas prices in North America
- Don't leave the car running, even just for a few minutes. Idling burns through a quart of gas every 15 minutes.
- Lighten your car's load. According to fueleconomy.gov, every 100 extra pounds in your trunk or flatbed decreases your vehicle's efficiency by one to two percent, and a loaded roof-rack can bring you down by as much as five percent!
- Streamline. If you must stack suitcases on the roof or fill up the flatbed, keep things aerodynamic and under cover with a roof bag or tonneau cover.
- Buy gasoline early in the morning or late in the evening, when the air temperatures are cooler and gas is denser. You'll get more gas for your money that way.
- Maintain your car with regular service checkups, and keep your tires inflated to the correct pressure levels. A well-serviced vehicle can stretch your gas mileage by 15 percent.
- Combine trips whenever possible. If you're going to a local museum, run an errand along the way. Staycationing at a nearby campground? Hit the grocery store after you leave the house, to avoid an unncessary trip.
- Drive in the correct gear. Driving at high speeds in the wrong gear can lower your fuel efficiency by as much as 40 percent.
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