With gas prices consistently over $4.00 a gallon these days, we are all feeling the pain at the pump but what can you do about it? Taking mass transit, carpooling, or telecommuting are going to give you the biggest savings but having a well-maintained car and how you drive are also important.
Here are a few helpful tips that the U.S. Department of Energy recommend to help you drive more efficiently and save more at the pump.
Aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking will waste gas.
Observe the Speed Limit
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.
Remove Excess Weight
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent.
Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use.
Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
Keep Tires Properly Inflated
When checking your tire pressure it is best to do it when the tires are cold to ensure you get the most accurate reading.