Cut Your Car's Gas Consumption
May 20, 2010
Maybe buying a more fuel efficient automobile isn’t in the budget right now, but there are still ways you can cut your car’s gas consumption. Consider these tips courtesy Consumer Reports magazine.
- Slow down. Reducing your speed from 75 to 55 mph can increase gas mileage by 1/3 in a large vehicle.
- Drop the drag. Still got the roof-top carrier on the car? Take if off. The aerodynamic drag reduces fuel efficiency by 6 mph. Jam luggage into the car instead of on the roof if at all possible.
- Stop the Stop-n-Start. Along with not making your passengers nauseous, you’ll also boost mileage by at least 2 miles per gallon.
- Premium or Regular? Almost all the car manuals say use premium or super gasoline to improve performance. Most cars do fine on regular. Give it a try – if your car starts pinging, it’s telling you to switch back to the pricier stuff. If not, stick with regular.