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10 Ways to Save Gas & Money

submitted on July 3, 2010 by pablos17 in "Member's Lounge"
1) Slow and steady wins the race
Gasoline mileage drops off in most cars once you're going faster than about 60 mph (see chart at left). For every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph, you're essentially paying an extra 24 cents per gallon of gas.

Try using cruise control on interstates and other highways to maintain a constant speed. It can also help to use your car's overdrive gears, which save fuel and engine wear by reducing your speed.

2) Be cool in traffic
Aggressive driving — speeding, swerving, sudden acceleration and braking — is not only dangerous, it can lower your gas mileage 33 percent on highways and 5 percent on city streets. Revving your engine while stopped is even more wasteful.

3) But not too cool
Air conditioning can be a big drain on gasoline, so make sure you don't just leave it on absentmindedly, and certainly don't leave it on while windows are open, even if they're just cracked. You can improve your fuel efficiency in stop-and-go traffic by turning off the A/C and rolling down the windows instead, but that's not necessarily always the best idea.

When driving above 55 mph, especially for long periods on highways, the opposite is true — open windows make a vehicle less aerodynamic by letting in air, which increases air resistance and decreases fuel efficiency. On long road trips, using air conditioning could actually improve your mileage by up to 20 percent.

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    Posted by pablos17 on July 3, 2010
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    If only more people in Indianapolis could follow these rules, especially #2. Most of them drive like maniacs. They think that just because this is the home of the Indy 500 that the roadways are racetracks as well.
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on July 3, 2010
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    Folks like that are everywhere. We all get in a hurry from time to time, but pulling out in front of someone and getting in a wreck wastes more time. Speeding that extra 5-10 miles per hour wastes fuel and makes you less safe. Leave earlier.

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