Getting the Most out of Your Gas Tank
It’s almost summertime, which means that many of you are probably thinking of taking a road trip rather than spending money on air fare.
But with the average price of gas getting close to $3 a gallon, even a road trip can get quite pricey. So I thought I’d offer a few tips on improving your gas mileage.
I gathered these from the Federal Trade Commission as well as from Citi’s ExxonMobil Personal Card (and by the way, Citi is giving away $2,000 to one cardholder daily all this month if the card is used at an Exxon or Mobil station):
Don’t buy higher octane gas if you don’t need it. Most cars do well with regular octane gas.
Pack light. For every extra 100 pounds a car carries, its fuel economy is reduced by about 1 to 2 percent.
Don’t speed. Gas mileage decreases rapidly when you go over 60 miles per hour.
Avoid idling. Turn off your engine if you think you’re going to have to wait. Map out a route and a backup route in case the one you were going to take is too congested.
Avoid jackrabbit starts and stops. If you do, that can improve your gas mileage by up to 5 percent.
Take care of your tires. Keeping them inflated at the proper pressure can increase mileage by 3 to 5 percent. Your tires will also last longer, which will save you money in the long run.
Change your oil. Clean oil reduces the friction between the moving parts of your car.
Check and replace air filters regularly. That can increase gas mileage up to 10 percent.
Tune up your car. Keeping your car in good condition will save you money over time. In fact, if you fix a car that is out of tune or has failed an emissions test, it can improve fuel economy by an average of 4 percent.
The FTC recommends that you check out Saving Starts @ Home: The Inside Story on Conserving Energy on its Web site for more tips.
Have a great trip!
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