Consumer Guide: Top 12 Fuel Saving Tips

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Save money & fuel with these tips from GasBuddy.com

Saving Tip #1

Avoid High Speeds

  • As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.

Saving Tip #2

Don’t Accelerate or Brake Hard

  • By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.

Saving Tip #3

Properly Inflate Tires

  • Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.

Saving Tip #4

Cool it with the A/C

  • When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.

Saving Tip #5

Keep Windows Closed

  • Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.

Saving Tip #6

Service Vehicle Regularly

  • Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.

Saving Tip #7

Use Cruise Control

  • Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.

Saving Tip #8

Travel Light

  • Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.

Saving Tip #9

Avoid Long Idles

  • If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

Saving Tip #10

Purchase Fuel Efficient Vehicle

  • When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will provide you with great fuel economy.

Saving Tip #11

Buy Gas Early or Late in the Day

  • Gas is cooler earlier in the day and denser. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump.
  • You can also save by buying gas earlier in the week. Prices typically rise between Wednesday and Saturday.

Saving Tip #12

Don’t Wait Until You’re Almost on Empty to Buy Gas

  • Lots of you are probably guilty of this. But, if you wait until the gas light pops on, you may be stuck paying whatever gas you find nearby instead of choosing a station based on the best prices.
  • Avoid gassing up near the highway. Stations right off a busy road tend to be pricier than if you drove to the nearest town.

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