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Tips for Stretching Your Tank

The past few weeks have seen a very welcome drop in gas prices.  This morning I passed several stations that were less than $1.70 per gallon.  Even with this reduction in cost, it is still important that we cut down on the amount of gas we use to help keep prices down.  Here are some tips to help you cut down of your gas usage.

Go Easy on the Pedals - Jackrabbit driving is a killer when it comes to burning fuel. Remember that slow and steady wins the race in more ways than one.

Avoid Long Idles - The bottom line is idling burns more gas than restarting an engine.

No Junk in the Trunk - Clean out your trunk and the rest of your car for that matter. Excess weight bogs down your vehicle, causing it to burn more fuel.

Drive the Speed Limit - The higher the speed, the more gas your car will use.

Go Easy on the A/C - Air conditioning burns gas. Before turning it on, ask yourself if rolling down a window or two might do the trick.

Use Overdrive and Cruise Control -Most automatic transmissions have these features. If you drive a stick, consult your owner's manual about the recommended RPMs when shifting.

Keep Tires Inflated and Aligned - Believe it or not, frequent alignments and keeping your tires inflated to the proper amount will save you gas.

Honor the Scheduled Maintenance - Scheduled maintenance is designed to help your car run as efficiently as possible. Check your owner's manual for specifics.

There you go, eight possible solutions to an otherwise unfixable problem. In addition, you may want to exlpore the idea of carpooling. Also, walking now and then is an option. Not only will it save you gas - it'll keep you healthy.

Do you have any tips for saving gas?
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Nancy Larson
I am a licensed referral agent in NJ - Hutchinson Island, FL

Wow, Karl, I just read all the states you are licensed are my friends doing? They find a house yet?

And I thought if you open windows, its not good on the gas mileage either, that air conditioning can cost you the same.

Nov 19, 2008 03:12 AM #1
Karl Peidl
Moorestown, NJ
Accredited Loan Consultant

Your friends are doing good.  They are going to put things on hold until January so they can save some.  She realizes she should have some reserves before they buy.

I think opening the windows and driving with the a/c on are about the same on mileage, but opening the windows is definitely more enviro-friendly.

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