How to Get Better Fuel Economy

Time to buy a new car? Do the math to see what it will cost you in gas. If you're like most Americans, and drive about 20,000 miles a year, increasing your car's fuel efficiency by about 15 MPG can save you over a thousand dollars a year - not to mention countless stops at the gas station. Engines are becoming more fuel efficient every year!

Get the smallest, most fuel efficient vehicle that makes sense for your daily driving. There are more hybrids and fuel efficient engines on the market every year.

Carpool

This is a great way to reduce your fuel consumption. Simply find someone that is willing to share their car with you. Even if it's only once a week, this will save you a few gallons of gas every week!

Only use the type of gasoline that your car requires

Make sure you read your owner's manual to see what type of fuel your car requires. If your engine is designed to run on regular gas, there's absolutely no benefit to putting in premium gas.

Don't floor it

For every 10 miles per hour you floor it, you lose as much as 15% more fuel. Simply letting your speed slowly get up to the speed limit will lessen the amount of gas your engine needs to reach the speed limit.

Getting into the highest gear you can, at the lowest possible speed, will increase your fuel economy greatly.

You use less gas when the engine is turning slowly. The slower your engine turns, the fewer the number of explosions in the cylinders. The fewer explosions, the less gas consumed.

If you drive a manual transmission, shift sooner. You'll sacrifice the ability to accelerate quickly but you can always downshift if you need to accelerate.

Have your car maintained

Getting regular oil changes and changing your spark plugs will increase your fuel efficiency also. Wear and tear on your car's engine will decrease it's ability to use gasoline efficiently.

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