11 Ways to Save Gas, Save Money

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) September 16, 2005

With self-serve regular gas averaged more than $ 3 a gallon for the first time in American history, everyone is looking for ways to save gas and save money. The editors of SheKnows.com have compiled a list of 44 ways you can save money on gas. Here are 11 of these boards. (Check out SheKnows.com / save-gas for 33 other ideas for saving money-.)

1. Drive smart: Aggressive driving (meaning quick acceleration, braking and acceleration) wastes gas. In fact, it can reduce your fuel consumption by 33 percent at highway speeds and five percent on city streets.

2. Choose wisely: Do not assume that neighboring gas stations have the same prices – check around. Also note that gas stations near freeways and popularly traveled roads, and those of high-income areas, will require more.

3. Just park: Do not circle the lot hoping for a large parking space. Take the shortest route to a clear and walk away. Circling not only wastes gas, but is generally slower than last simply parking somewhere a little less convenient and walking.

4. Get pumped: Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned to increase gas mileage up to three percent. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by nearly one-half percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

5. Be cool: If you’re hot, do not open the windows – they increase drag and reduce fuel consumption, especially at highway speeds. Finally, using the air conditioner is cheaper to run, but you should try to minimize the use of the CA. When you can, use their mouths to bring outside air.

6. Go to the speed limit: gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying a 15 to 20 cents per gallon of gasoline. Is it useful?

7. Lock it up: If your tank is not secured, get a locking gas cap. With prices so high, you’re more of a target for siphoners if you are not locked up tight. Caps lock is available at most auto parts stores.

8. Stay tuned: fixing a car that is out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of about four percent (if your results vary depending on the type of repair and how the work is done).

9. Close the door: It’s an urban myth that driving a truck with the tailgate down will get better mileage by reducing wind resistance. In fact, a study published by the National Research Council of Canada says that despite what you think, keep it down (or using a mesh tailgate in its place) has the opposite effect. When the tailgate is in place, an air bubble forms in the truck bed, allowing air to flow more easily on and off the truck – and without much drag. (A tonneau cover works best of all.)

10. Re-think your route: Look in the less traveled roads where you can travel at a steady pace instead of joining in the rush hour traffic. (Your blood pressure will thank you for that, too.)

11. Figure it out first: check cards (especially online) before you go make sure you know how to get where you’re doing. You avoid the hassle, time and gas used by getting lost – or having to shoot directions.

Want more ideas? Http://www.SheKnows.com/save-gas check for more than 33 gas and money saving tips.


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