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Improving Your Gas Mileage

How you drive:

  • Do not "cowboy" drive, i.e. always on the accelerator, jamming on the breaks, jackrabbit starts.
  • Avoid prolonged idling, because the gas/air mixture is richer when idling, using extra gasoline.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit. In most engines, the optimum speed for best fuel economy is between 55 mph and 65 mph.

    How you maintain your car:
  • Maintain your engine. Tune-up the engine when required and regularly change your oil.
  • Always have a clean air filter. A dirty filter restricts the amount of air taken in and results in a richer gas-to-air ratio.
  • Avoid low tire pressure and use snow tires only when necessary.
  • Maintain the front-end alignment.
  • Beware of any fuel system leaks. Pay attention to any gasoline odors and tend to leaks immediately.

    Other Helpful Tips:
  • Unless necessary, avoid using mud flaps or bug deflectors, which create wind resistance.
  • Use the gasoline octane quality listed in your owner's manual. If your engine "knocks" try a higher grade of octane and see if it stops the problem.
  • Avoid using the air conditioner while at slow speed except when really needed. At higher speeds it does not make much of a difference because opening the windows create wind resistance.
  • Avoid having extra weight in the car trunk.
  • When you buy your car consider the need of extra power equipment, e.g. power brakes, power steering and the type of fuel economy the new car has.
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