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Easy Ways to Help your Car Guzzle less Gas

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Cutting down on the number of times you stop by the gas station to fill up not only saves you money but helps the environment in a myriad of ways as well. While you might not be in a position to switch to a hybrid car just yet (they are not the cheapest vehicles on the road ) there are plenty of ways you can cut down on the amount of gas your car guzzles every day. Here are just a few of them:

Control Your Accelerations – If you accelerate slowly and steadily to your crushing speed rather than going 0 to 60 in four seconds your car works more efficiently and uses a little less gas every time.

Empty the Trunk – Yes everyone has to go grocery shopping but do you really need to keep all that junk in your trunk? According to car experts Edmunds an extra 100 pounds in the trunk will reduce your fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent in the typical vehicle, so put all that camping gear back in the garage until you need it again.

Turn Down the AC – Running the AC in your vehicle can increase its fuel consumption by up to 10%. If it is truly stifling and you are still frying with all the windows down by all means turn it on, but at the highest temperature you can stand, there is no need to turn your car into an icebox just to run across town.

Slow Down – Did you know that in a typical family sedan, every ten miles per hour you drive over sixty is like the price of gasoline going up about fifty-four cents a gallon? The faster your car moves through the air the more drag it creates, meaning it has to work harder (and use more gas) to get you to your destination.

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