In the words of Rich White, executive of the Car Care Council, “You can’t control the price of gas, but you can control how much gas you burn by performing proper maintenance and how you drive. Performing simple and inexpensive maintenance can save as much as $1,200 per year in gas costs.”
Here are some maintenance tips to help you save on gas:
- Keep your car properly tuned
- Keep tires properly inflated
- Replace dirty or clogged air filters
- Use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil
And here are some driving tips to help your fuel efficiency:
- Follow the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 50 mph. Each 5 mph over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas
- Avoid unnecessary idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Warming up the vehicle for one or two minutes is sufficient.
- Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
- Consolidate trips. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much gas as one longer mufti-purpose trip.
- Don’t haul unneeded items in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy up to 2 percent.
For more information, check out the Car Council Tip site.