Courtesy of a piece of junk mail that escaped my blocking efforts. I figure if they can send me unsolicited mail, I can create a blog post out of it!
Here are several ways to improve fuel economy:
1. Driving 55 vs. 70 mph saves up to 20% more fuel. Use cruise control when appropriate to save even more. (I really need to work on this one)
2. Drive consistently. Jackrabbit starts and hard stops burn more gas.
3. Avoid idling. Sitting in the drive-through for 15 minutes for that quarter-pound burger can burn up to a quarter of a gallon of gas. Consider parking and going inside to order.
4. Chill out. Roll down your windows to cool off in city driving, saving the air conditioner for highway travel, when open windows are a drag – literally – on a vehicle’s aerodynamics.
5. Lighten the load. Carrying extra cargo burns more gas. So take the golf clubs out of the trunk when not hitting the links.
6. Fill up when it’s cool. Early morning or late evening fill-ups generate fewer vapors.
7. Don’t top off the tank. Doing so can result in spilled gasoline, which creates environmental issues.
8. Use the correct fuel grade. Unless the manufacturer requires it, high-octane gas is a waste of money. (A very important one!)
9. Climb every mountain…but build up speed first, then maintain it on the way up. Coast down to save gas.
10. Remove the roof rack. If you don’t need it, stop wasting gas carrying it around.
11. Get a tune up. A properly tuned engine improves fuel economy by about four percent, according to the EPA.
12. Replace a dirty air filter. One that is full of dirt makes the engine work harder and can let impurities damage the engine. Replacing a plugged air filter improves fuel economy by up to 10%.
13. Keep your tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can decrease mileage by 3% and can lead to reduced tire life-spans.
Well there you have it. Something good came out of junk mail!
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