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AAA's Top Ten Gas Saving Tips

  1. Modify your speed. Driving 55 instead of 65 can improve your mileage by a whopping 15 percent! Avoid jackrabbit starts – quick starts and stops use more fuel. Use cruise control on the open road to maximize fuel efficiency.
  2. Shop around. On average, prices between stations for regular unleaded gasoline can vary by as much as twenty-five cents a gallon! Log on to AAA.com to access the Fuel Finder and the best prices in your neighborhood and workplace.
  3. Turn off your car when it idles for more than a few minutes. When you can park and walk in as opposed to using a drive-through, walk. It will make you, your pocketbook, and the environment healthier. Avoid “warming up” your car, too. Doing so for more than a minute or two wastes fuel and is not recommended by vehicle manufacturers.
  4. Consider your car a bus, not a taxi. Like a bus, plan your route efficiently with necessary stops and errands along the way. Avoid impulse trips.
  5. Tune-up your car. Get your car in the best possible shape. Anything from a dirty oil filter to faulty spark plugs can drastically reduce fuel economy.
  6. Properly inflate your tires. Low tire pressure and wheel alignment problems reduce fuel efficiency.
  7. Lighten your load. Excess weight is a drag—on your car and your mileage. Remove cargo holders and racks and excess trunk items you’re not using.
  8. Stay cool. The best fuel economy comes with windows up and air conditioning off. But practically speaking, drive with windows up on the highway to reduce drag, and your A/C on low. Open your windows for fresh air in the city when driving more slowly.
  9. Car pool and conserve. Join a friend, car pool your kids, ride a bike or walk when possible. Consider whether or not mass transit can provide you with viable alternatives under certain circumstances.
  10. Buy the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Do you really require seating for eight? If it’s time to buy or trade, think maximum fuel economy.