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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you already know that the gas crisis is putting a squeeze on drivers across the country. While not everyone can afford a fuel-sipping hybrid, here are five simple tips that can ease the pain at the pump.
Tip #1: Take it Slow
Have you ever heard the saying "slow and steady wins the race"? It applies to gas mileage too. Staying below the speed limit and keeping a steady speed can increase fuel economy. In stop-and-go traffic, accelerate slowly, avoid aggressive braking and try to avoid heavily congested areas. On the highway, keep your speed below 60 mph.
If you're determined to drive with a lead foot, you could be decreasing your gas mileage by up to 5% around town and 33% on the highway.
Tip #2: Get a Tune Up
Not only do regular tune-ups prevent breaks downs, they also improve gas mileage. A number of auto mechanics estimate that an engine can burn up to 50% more gasoline without proper maintenance. A simple air filter replacement can improve a vehicle's fuel efficiency by 10%.
Tip #3: Buy a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle
Remember the 8-seater SUVs and full-size pickups that were hot commodities just a year ago? They're gone. In the era of $3 and $4 a gallon gas, compact, fuel-efficient vehicles are all the rage. They use less fuel, zip in and out of traffic, and are generally more affordable than larger vehicles. What's not to love?
Tip #4: Drive Less
One of the best ways to cut fuel expenses is also the simplest: drive less. Combine multiple errands into a single trip. Organize a carpool to work or school. If you have easy access, use public transportation; if your destination is nearby, walk. These steps will not only save gas, they'll help the environment too.
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