As you may know, we've gone through some times when our family has spent an inordinate amount of money on gas. Even though I'm now driving a super-efficient Prius, I'm still interested in learning how to keep our auto fuel bills down. From USAA, some tips on lowering your gas consumption:
- 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.
I've read that some cars are now approaching 1oo miles per gallon, and that high standard will become more common in the next few years. I am looking forward to the opportunity to save even more on gas. In the meantime, you can use the tips listed above to improve your fuel efficiency regardless of your car.