Save on gasDid you know that 39% of Americans are considering a hybrid or plug-in for their next car? These tips will ensure you get more mileage out of every tank and save money on gas.
A warm engine is more effective,so string errands together by driving to the farthest destination first, which will get the block heated up, and then working your way home.
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On local roads, keep cool by opening the windows, enjoying the breeze, and turning off the gas-draining air-conditioning. At highway speeds, however, driving with the windows down creates drag. So at 40 mph or faster, roll up the windows and put on the AC.
Notice to hoarders: You don't need to lug around a case of oil, a bag of sand, or that box of antique tools you got at the garage sale, right? So empty the trunk-less weight, better mileage.
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At the pump, avoid gas rated E15. The E is for ethanol, which has about 30 percent less energy than gasoline and kills mpg. (Ethanol-free gas is rare today; you'll probably have to settle for E10.)
Avoid traffic pinch points when you can. Driving at speed is more fuel efficient than creeping along in low gear.
Finally, get a tune-up. A smooth-running engine is more efficient. -By Michael Frank (adapted from Popular Mechanics) from Reader's Digest Magazine
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