Maintain Your Vehicle to Save Money and Energy
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High gas prices are giving people even more incentive to increase fuel efficiency. Plus, using less gas by following these tips will also help reduce smog and emissions that contribute to global warming:
- Change your air filter. Cleaning your air filter regularly can improve your gas mileage significantly.
- Don’t speed. Being a good driver can save you some dollars at the pump. Speeding uses extra gas. Rapid acceleration and hard braking are also inefficient and lower your gas mileage.
- Cruise control. Using your cruise control will keep you driving at a more consistent speed and can generally improve fuel efficiency.
- Turn your car off. Idling can use a lot of gas. Generally, it’s more efficient to turn the car off and restart when you are ready to go. If you are thinking of hitting the drive-through, consider parking and picking up food inside. For short waits, put your car in neutral to avoid burning gas.
- Inflate tires properly. Car tires that are under-inflated will lead to poor gas mileage. You can often find the correct pressure for your car printed on the edge of the driver’s side door.
- Mileage still too low? Consider getting a tune up. A tune up will generally make a modest, but sometimes significant, improvement in your miles per gallon.
You can find these tips and more in Diane MacEachern’s book, Beat High Gas Prices Now!