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Gas Mileage Savers

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Gas Mileage Savers

Scott Palat
May 12, 2006

Gas mileage savers can be defined as anything that helps you save money on gas. As many of you know, the price of gas is going up and there is no end in site. In this article, you will learn about some gas mileage savers that will certainly help you save money.

There are many simple ways to save money on gas. The first is to plan your driving ahead of time. By planning ahead, you can combine multiple trips and tasks into one. For example, plan to go to the grocery store or pharmacy before picking the kids up from school or on the way home from work. Try to carpool with co-workers as often as possible. The more people in your carpool, the more money you will save. These gas mileage savers are sure to save you time and money.

Another way to save money at the pump is to watch the way you drive. Do you start and stop quickly between intersections? Accelerating quickly and braking hard both use more gas than accelerating smoothly and coasting between lights at intersections. Though we can't control the traffic lights, we can control how we drive between them. This is a great tip for city driving that will improve your fuel consumption.

On the highway, you can improve your gas mileage as well. Using the cruise control and staying within the speed-limit will cut down on your fuel consumption. Cruise control helps you maintain a more constant speed than you can do yourself, which translates to better mileage. On long drives, cruise control is the key to better fuel efficiency. But what about the speed limit? While the speed limit is for your safety, it is also one of the lesser known gas mileage savers. The faster you drive, the harder your car has to work. After about 65 MPH, the efficiency of your car begins to drop drastically. So, keeping your speed in check will keep your gas bill under control too.

Maintaining your car and keeping your car free of excess clutter are two more gas mileage savers to be aware of. By keeping up with the regular maintenance of your car, you'll keep it running efficiently, which means burning less gas. Things to keep an eye on, either by you or a professional, include properly inflated tires, a clean air filter, and regular oil changes and tune-ups. Improperly inflated tires can reduce your fuel efficiency, as can clogged air filters. A clean running, properly maintained engine will be more efficient. Removing excess clutter from your car can also help your mileage. Extra weight in the trunk or bed of your truck or SUV means more gas being burned during everyday driving.

Another gas mileage savers option is to drive a more fuel efficient car. Hybrid cars, cars that run on battery and regular petroleum, can help you save money at the pump too. By using various energy saving techniques, such as cutting the gas engine when the car is idle and using an energy return system when the car is braking, reduce the amount of gasoline used. If a hybrid car is not your thing, you can also try a diesel car, or simply a smaller car. Smaller cars weight less and typically have smaller engines than trucks and SUV's. If hauling a big load around is not a typical daily task for you, then, a smaller sedan or coupe will save you big bucks in gas. Diesel engines, too, get very good gas mileage. It is not atypical for a diesel engine to get more than 40 miles per gallon. So, the next time you're deciding which car to drive or buy, remember these gas mileage savers!

Americans have always loved driving their cars, but with gas prices the way they are, driving is not as cheap as it used to be. Remembering the gas mileage savers in this article will help you drive around without breaking the bank. Find other similar articles at http://www.gasmileageworld.com.



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