This is one of those common sense suggestions. We'll jump in the car or
truck to drive half a block down to the locate convenience store to get a pack
of gun or a soda. We just hop in the car and go. But if you stop and think
about it for a moment, you'll realize you there are lots of good alternatives.
Walking or biking are great alternatives. Not only will you save the gas
but it'll help you to be healthier and live longer! While you're at it,
take the dog. He's getting a little thick around the mid-section too.
Reduce your speed. Gas mileage
decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour due to the
amount of energy required to push through the air. Reducing
your speed helps improve gas mileage considerably.
Anticipate traffic conditions and drive "gently". Hard
acceleration, aggressive driving and “jackrabbit” starts and stops
reduce gas mileage by up to 10%. You can improve
your gas mileage around town by driving more sensibly from stop
light to stop light.
Avoid unnecessary idling. It wastes fuel,
costs you money, and pollutes the air. Turn off the engine if you
anticipate a wait.
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.
Use overdrive gears and cruise control when
appropriate. They improve the fuel economy of your car when you’re
driving on a highway.
excess weight from the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk can
reduce a typical car’s fuel economy by up to two percent.
Avoid packing items on top of your car. A
loaded roof rack or carrier creates wind resistance and can decrease
fuel economy by five percent.
Maintain Your Car
Keep your engine tuned. Tuning your engine
according to your owner’s manual can increase gas mileage by an
average of four percent. Increases vary depending on a car’s
Keep your tires properly inflated and
aligned. It can increase gas mileage up to three percent by reducing
Change your oil. According to the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), you can improve your gas mileage by using the manufacturer’s
recommended grade of motor oil. Motor oil that says “Energy
Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum
Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel
Check and replace air filters regularly.
Replacing clogged filters can increase gas mileage up to ten
Use the Octane Level You Need
Your owner’s manual recommends the most
effective octane level for your car. For most cars, the recommended
gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, using a higher octane gas
than the manufacturer recommends offers no benefit. Unless your
engine is knocking, buying higher octane gasoline is a waste of
Check Out Claims About
Be skeptical of claims for devices that will
“boost your mileage by an extra 6 miles per gallon,” “improve your
fuel economy up to 26 percent,” or the like. EPA has tested over 100
supposed gas-saving devices — including mixture “enhancers” and fuel
line magnets — and found that very few provide any fuel economy
benefits. The devices that work provide only marginal improvements.
Some “gas-saving” devices may damage a car’s engine or increase
exhaust emissions. For more information and a full list of tested
Buy a More Fuel Efficient Vehicle
Considering a change in vehicles? Consider this: Suppose you can
increase the MPG your daily driver gets by 10 MPG and you drive an average of
20,000 miles in a years time. When gas reaches 5 dollars a gallon that
will equate to a saving of over a thousand dollars a year.
When it comes to driving to work and around town, horsepower is over
rated. It boggles the mind that while gas prices spike to record highs
every other week, the car commercials on TV boast about the horsepower.
Only until recently did you hear a peep about the MPG the vehicles gets. Probably
because they were too embarrassed if they told you.
What about towing your trailer or boat to the lake? When you need a
large vehicle for towing rent one. You won't have the huge monthly
payment not to mention the insurance cost or maintenance costs to deal with
Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) operate on
alternative fuels, such as methanol, ethanol, compressed natural
gas, liquefied petroleum gas, electricity, and others designated by
the DOE. Using these alternative fuels in vehicles may reduce
harmful pollutants and exhaust emissions. FTC Rules require labels
on all new AFVs to give the vehicle’s estimated cruising range and
general descriptive information. Find out how many miles a new AFV
travels on a tank or supply of fuel because, gallon for gallon, some
don’t travel as far as gasoline-powered vehicles.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles offer another
option for car buyers. According to DOE and EPA, these vehicles
combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can
be configured to achieve different objectives, such as improved fuel
economy and increased power.
For more information on alternative fuel
vehicles, call the DOE’s toll-free National Alternative Fuels
Hotline, 1-800-423-1DOE, or visit DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data
Center website at www.afdc.doe.gov. More information about both
hybrid-electric and alternative fuel vehicles is at
For more energy saving tips for cars, click
here to visit the DOE's website. The FTC works for the consumer to
prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the
marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop,
and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on
consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP
(1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet,
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into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to
hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
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