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Ten Tips to Help Boost Your Gas Mileage 
 
by Donna Reynolds June 10, 2005

With fuel prices going up, the last thing you need is poor gas mileage. Here are ten tips that will help you get your gas consumption under control.

The price of gasoline didn’t use to be a major consideration in a family’s budget. But today, with gas prices escalating, a lot of people are beginning to look for ways to improve their gas mileage. Short of buying one of the new hybrid cars, is there anything that the average driver can do to get the most mileage possible? The answer is a resounding "yes." Here are ten tips that are easy to follow and guaranteed to help.

1. Drive Sensibly

Slow down and stick to the speed limit. It may take you a little longer to get to your destination, but you’ll save a significant amount of money. Car and Driver magazine reports that for every five miles per hour that you drive over 60 mph, you are spending at least ten cents more per gallon on gas. Surprisingly, gas mileage will decrease by 17 percent when driving 70 mph rather than 55. For people who travel a great deal this can add up to nearly $200.00 per year.

Similarly, when you are driving around town, practicing a little patience will help you save gas! Don’t push the accelerator coming off a light or stop sign. Instead, accelerate slowly. If you are one of those people who believe that a yellow light is the signal to speed up to make it through, slow down. This type of quick acceleration kills gas mileage. Believe it or not, you can increase your gas mileage by five percent by simply taking it a little easier.

2. Limit Idle Time

When your car is idling, you are wasting gas and cutting into your mileage. If you are in the habit of starting your car to warm it up in the morning, consider shortening the length of time that you let it run. Similarly, when you are stuck in traffic or waiting at a drive-through, turn off the car. By letting the car idle you are simply wasting gas.

3. Plan Your Excursions

If you have a number of errands to do, plan out your course in advance. Go to the furthest place first, and work your way back home. Every mile you don’t drive means a little less fuel consumption.

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