It's not just the type of vehicle you drive that determines fuel efficiency. It's also how you drive it. The U.S. Department of Energy's fueleconomy.gov offers tips to get the most out of your next tank of gas, including:
- Drive efficiently. Follow the speed limit, make smooth starts and stops, and use cruise control.
- Keep your car in shape. Get regular tune-ups, use the grade of motor oil the manufacturer recommends for your vehicle, and keep tires inflated to the proper pressure. The proper pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver's-side doorjamb or the glove box, and in your owner's manual.
- Plan and combine trips. Make several stops while the engine is warm; this uses less fuel than taking separate trips from a cold start.