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With the help of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), we put together nine easy ways to save on gasoline.

1. Slow Down
One of the best ways to save on gas is to reduce your speed. According to the DOE, every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph represents a 7 percent decrease in fuel economy.

2. Check Your Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which causes you to burn more fuel to keep the car moving. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (if equipped), or the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) label on or near the driver’s side door. Properly inflated tires may improve your fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent.

3. Accelerate With Care
Fast acceleration wastes fuel. Accelerate modestly so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears more efficiently. Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and up to 5 percent during city driving.

4. Drive A Consistent Speed
Follow the lead of trucks and keep a consistent speed. Constant slowing down and speeding up reduces fuel economy. Consider using cruise control when appropriate.

5. Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling your vehicle gets 0 miles per gallon.

6. Stick With Stock
New wheels and tires may look cool, but if they’re not the same as the OEM specifications, they could create more resistance, thereby reducing fuel economy.

7. Clean Out Your Car
Carrying around extra baggage — or anything that you don’t need for that trip — only adds extra weight to your car and impacts fuel economy. For example, depending on your vehicle’s weight, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could decrease your MPG by up to two percent.

8. Plan Your Trips Better
Consider grouping your trips instead of making several trips to accomplish your daily tasks. Several short trips may use twice as much fuel as a single, longer trip that covers the same distance.

9. Use The Proper Maintenance Fluids and Replacement Parts
Always use the engine oil, replacement parts and any other fluids that the manufacturer recommends. Change your oil at the recommended intervals and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for all routine maintenance.

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Top 20 Tips For Increasing Fuel Economy

Found on Michigan.Org

  1. Combine trips for shopping and errands
  2. Avoid unnecessary trips. Use the telephone or e-mail to communicate
  3. When possible, don’t drive-walk or ride a bike to your destination
  4. If possible, join a carpool or use public transit to and from work or school
  5. don’t idle the car for more than one minute
  6. Drive the speed limit, or below, for better mileage
  7. Overdrive gears improve the fuel economy of your car during highway driving
  8. Avoid sudden bursts of speed, tailgating and pumping the accelerator pedal. Gradual starts and stops result in less fuel use and less wear and tear
  9. Out on the open highway, keep windows rolled up to reduce drag
  10. Using a vehicle’s air conditioner on a hot summer day can decrease mileage. Use the flow-through ventilation on your car instead of the air conditioner
  11. Travel during off-peak hours when possible. Anticipating traffic conditions ahead and not tailgating can improve gas mileage by 5 to 10 percent. This driving strategy is safer, and reduces wear on tires and brakes
  12. Take the shortest rout with the best roads
  13. Use the cruise control – – it can save fuel by maintaining a steady speed
  14. Keep tires at the recommended air pressure
  15. Keep your car engine properly tuned. Improve mileage by up to 40 percent by replacing a faulty oxygen sensor
  16. Check and replace air filters regularly. Replacing a clogged or dirty air filter can improve your car’s gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, and a clean filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine
  17. If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that gets better gas mileage
  18. Excess weight uses more fuel. Remove unnecessary items from inside the vehicle, trunk or truck bed. Remove bicycle and ski racks when not in use
  19. Use the lowest octane gasoline recommended for your vehicle by the manufacturer
  20. When buying, leasing, or renting a new car, make fuel efficiency a priority. Don’t buy a bigger engine or vehicle than you need