If you've filled up your gas tank lately, it probably cost you a small fortune. High gas prices are putting a
dent in everyone's wallet and summer--when gas prices traditionally peak--is still far on the horizon.
With that in mind, here are a few gas-saving tips to boost your vehicle's fuel economy:
- Slow down on the highways. Driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent or more.
- Avoid stop-and-go driving. Accelerating and braking cause your engine to expend more fuel. If you can't avoid driving in the city, accelerate slowly.
- Get rid of any "junk in the trunk." Even 50 pounds of excess weight can harm your fuel economy.
- Keep a steady speed. Speeding up and slowing down wastes fuel.
- Avoid using your air conditioner when possible; it can reduce fuel economy up to 20 percent.
- Give your vehicle some TLC! Get a regular tune-up, keep your tires inflated.
- Find the cheapest gas in town. At GasBuddy.com, you enter your ZIP code and scroll through local gas prices. There's even a GasBuddy app for iPhone and Droid users. (Searching for dirt cheap gas prices? There's an app for that.
If you're sporting a smallish Toyota sedan like myself, you're probably not feeling too pinched at the pump--yet. But if you're cruising around town in a V8 Cadillac, you probably cringe each time you spot a filling station. (Take that, Escalade drivers!)
The best gas-saving tips in the world won't turn your Hummer into a fuel-sipping compact, but they may save you from riding your bike to work.