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Text Box: Drive More Efficiently
Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph), rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent. Driving at 75 mph, rather than 65 mph, increases fuel consumption by another 25 percent. 
Use overdrive gears. Overdrive gears improve the fuel economy of your car during highway driving. Your car's engine speed decreases when you use overdrive. This reduces both fuel consumption and engine wear. 
Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption. 
Anticipate driving situations. If you anticipate traffic conditions and don't tailgate, you can avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, and improve your fuel economy by 5 to 10 percent. In city driving, nearly 50 percent of the energy needed to power your car goes to acceleration. Go easy on the gas pedal and brakes. "Jack-rabbit" starts and sudden stops are wasteful. 
Avoid unnecessary idling. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait. No matter how efficient your car is, unnecessary idling wastes fuel, costs you money and pollutes the air. 
Combine errands. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. 
Remove excess weight from the trunk. Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by one to two percent 
   Maintain Your Car
Keep your engine tuned. Studies have shown that a poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 to 20 percent depending on a car's condition. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner's manual; you'll save fuel and your car will run better and last longer. 
Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. Car manufacturers must place a label in the car stating the correct tire pressure. The label usually is on the edge of the door or door jamb, in the glove box, or on the inside of the gas cap cover. If the label lists a psi (pounds per square inch) range, use the higher number to maximize your fuel efficiency. Underinflated tires cause fuel consumption to increase by six percent. 
Change your oil. Clean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and removes harmful substances from the engine. Change your oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. 
Check and replace air filters regularly. Your car's air filter keeps impurities in the air from damaging internal engine components. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter improve your fuel economy, it also will protect your engine. Clogged filters can cause up to a 10 percent increase in fuel consumption.
 
Consider Buying A Fuel-Efficient Vehicle
Deciding which vehicle to buy may be the most important fuel economy decision you make. The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG (miles per gallon) and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $1,500.00 over 5 years, assuming gas costs $1.50 per gallon and you drive 15,000 miles a year.
   Visit www.fueleconomy.gov for more information. You'll find gas mileage estimates and other data from EPA for 1985-2001 model year cars.
   EPA Evaluation Efforts
The EPA evaluates or tests products to determine whether their use will result in any significant improvement or detriment to fuel economy. However, the EPA cannot say what effect gas-saving products will have on a vehicle over time because it hasn't conducted any durability tests. It's possible that some products may harm the car or may otherwise adversely affect its performance. In fact, today's vehicles' emission control systems are very sophisticated and complex. They have On Board Diagnostic features that alert the driver to problems associated with the emission control and fuel delivery systems. Retrofit products may have an adverse effect on these systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: 5 Gas Saving Tips

from the editors at Kelly Blue Book 

Gas prices in the US are climbing steadily, with some areas already seeing prices above $2.00 a gallon. As drivers, there is not much we can do other than pay the prices at the pump, or is there? The experienced editors at Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com) offer the following tips to save money and gas: 

1. If your vehicle does "not" require premium grade gas but you use it anyway, it is OK to change to a lower grade to save a few dollars. In fact, you may find that you get better fuel economy with a lower grade of gasoline. Try two tanks of each of the lower grades and see for yourself. (If your vehicle requires premium grade gasoline, stay with a premium grade.) 

2. Four tanks of gasoline with "Techron" can clean your fuel injectors as well as most professional grade cleaners. Clean injectors will help your vehicle get up to 5 percent better gas mileage. 

3. Accelerate normally from a fully stopped position and avoid flooring or stabbing the gas pedal. The flooring or stabbing action pushes more fuel to the engine than is needed to move forward.


4. Check your vehicle's air filter and tire pressure. A clogged or dirty air-filter can slow your vehicle down and use more gasoline. A clean filter will promote less gas waste. Under-inflated tires could also cause excessive drag, slowing the vehicle down and use more gas as well as be a safety hazard.

5. Using your air conditioning and rolling down your windows either create drag on your car, requiring more gas to keep up your speed. It takes about 5 - 8 horsepower to run the air conditioning. Running your air conditioning on a lower setting or using the recirculation feature may help. 

And if you are in the market for a more fuel-efficient vehicle, Kelley Blue Book's editors recommend looking at the following vehicles:


Rank Make/Model City Highway

1 - Honda Insight (Hybrid) 60 66 

2 - Toyota Prius (Hybrid) 60 51

3 - Honda Civic Hybrid 47 48

4 - VW Jetta Wagon Diesel 38 46

5 - VW Beetle Diesel 38 46 

VW Golf Diesel 38 46

VW Jetta Sedan Diesel 38 46 

6 - Honda Civic 36 44

7 - Toyota Echo 35 43

8 - Toyota Corolla 32 40

9 - Scion xA 32 38

10 - Dodge Neon 29 36


For more money saving vehicle tips and information, 
log on to www.kbb.com.


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Ways To Save On Gasoline!!!
Before getting into your car, ask yourself "Is this trip necessary?" 
On short trips, try walking or bicycling. It's good exercise. 
Consider car-pooling and share the gas bill and ride. 
Always use the shortest route and avoid sightseeing trips and bottlenecks. 
Organize activities and perform as many errands as possible in one trip. 
If possible, avoid driving during rush-hour & other peak traffic periods. 
When bargain hunting, check newspaper ads and use your telephone. 
Do they deliver? Let them pay for the gas! Try mail order firms, too. 
Make a list and do all the grocery shopping once or twice a week. 
Let the kids run some of the errands. Let them walk to school, too. (If it's close enough). 
Public transportation may be cheaper, especially when traveling alone. 
Pack as little in your car as necessary so it has less weight to carry. 
Shop around for service stations with the lowest gasoline prices. 
Check to see if there are "self service" gas stations in your area. 
Don't speed. Cars get about 21% more mileage at 55 mph then at 70 mph. 
Better planning reduces the need for speeding, to get there in time. 
When starting your car, don't idle it for more than 30 seconds, even in cold weather. Today's cars are designed to be driven almost immediately. 
If you must stop for more than 30 seconds, don't idle your car. The engine is more fuel efficient if your turn it off and restart it. 
Drive evenly with a steady foot. Avoid jiggling the accelerator. 
Keep tires properly inflated at all times. (Check pressure when cold). 
Use air conditioning only when necessary. Try opening the window. 
Avoid "jackrabbit" starts. When starting, press accelerator slowly. 
Avoid panic stops. When possible, coast to stops such as traffic lights. 
Remove items that cause wind resistance, such as luggage racks. 
Don't forget to release the emergency brake before pulling away. 
Never rev engine before killing it. This wastes gas, wears out cylinders. 
Keep tuned to radio traffic reports & avoid traffic jams, other delays. 
Make certain your gas cap fits properly. 
Use the lowest octane gas that won't make your engine knock. 
Use only your right foot for accelerating and braking. That way you can't accidentally ride the brake and use excessive gas. 
Shift into high gear as soon as possible. If you have automatic transmission, lift your foot from the accelerator about one second early. 
Pass other cars as soon as you see you are overtaking them. Don't wait. 
Keep your car properly tuned for top fuel efficiency. 
Keep brakes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 properly adjusted. Dragging brakes increases resistance. 
Operate as small a car as possible for your driving needs. (Small cars weighing half as much as large cars use about half as much gasoline!) 
Avoid cars with gas-consuming options such as air conditioning; power equipment such as window, door locks, etc.; automatic transmission, etc. 
In hot climates, drive a car with light colored exterior and interior, to reflect light, heat. Tinted glass also prevents heat buildup. 
Use radial tires for less friction between tire and road. 
When driving, keep your eyes moving and your feet still! 
Keep your steering wheel still too. The more you weave back and forth, the farther your car has to travel and the more gas is consumed. 
Don't overfill your gas tank. It could leak or spill in heat or on a hill. 
Use snow tires and/or chains as little as necessary because they make your car work harder and use more gasoline. 
When you see a hill ahead, build up speed before you reach it, then maintain your speed on the slope. (If you must accelerate on the hill, you will use much more fuel). 
Then coast down the other side. 
Keep wheels aligned for better mileage. Longer tire life, too. 
Record all gas purchases for tax deduction purposes.
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