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15 Easy Ways to Save Gas

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4. Keep the vehicle maintained
It’s important that a vehicle gets serviced at regular intervals. Dirty oil is not only bad for your vehicle, but it requires more energy to work an engine through sludge. Also, maintenance can save you from having large repair bills down the road. Not to mention that a non-serviced vehicle may leave you stranded on that road when it suddenly fails. Vehicle maintenance saves money, saves the environment, and could save you from being stuck in the middle of nowhere-ville.

5. Lose the clown shoes
Driving footwear must have a sole thin enough to feel the amount of pedal pressure needed to meet the necessary braking and accelerating. One of the most important tools you have in driving greener is making the connection between your foot and the response of the car. A big shoe with a few inches of padding removes the sensitivity of the foot, making that connection harder to make. Is it any wonder that racecar drivers like wearing extremely thin-soled shoes?

6. Keep the vehicle streamlined
A vehicle that moves through the air more efficiently takes less energy to push, and this translates to less fuel consumption. One good way to do this is to keep the windows rolled up. Open windows create drag, and drag cuts fuel economy. The same can be said of sunroofs at highway speeds.

Another way to keep the vehicle streamlined is to remove those roof and bike racks when not in use. Such racks interrupt the flow of air, again creating drag. Another thing to consider is that the racks add weight to the vehicle, costing more in energy to move the vehicle.

Finally, if your vehicle tends to look like it has won the mud bog championships, then give it a bath. An irregular surface from caked mud and dirt can create drag as well. Plus, you’ll actually know what color the vehicle is instead of just guessing.

7. Slow down

In a typical family sedan, every ten miles per hour you drive over sixty is like the price of gasoline going up about fifty-four cents a gallon. —CNN Money

The faster your vehicle moves through the air, the greater drag it creates in the surrounding air. By slowing down, the vehicle encounters less resistance and uses less energy for the same amount of work. A reduction of twenty miles per hour in your regular highway speed can yield measurable savings in a short time.

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10:11PM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

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10:58PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:02AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thanks for the reminders.

9:14AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Great reminders.

9:02AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thank you

9:48AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

I have to question the validity of some comments on this article.
The tv show mythbusters did a test on a car driving with the AC on and they concluded that there was no gas savings. Also, they did a test with the windows open!

SOOOOOOO, someone is misleading us!

11:12PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

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12:05PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

THE BEST WAY TO SAVE GAS IS BUY AN ELECTRIC CAR.

We should give all the middle/poor class people solar panels so they can charge electricity back to their local electric companies. Give them electric cars too so that they never have to pay for gas, and make sure those cars have solar panels on them so they are always charging. The financial offset alone would dramatically help our economy.

Of course the Republicans would rather you stay dependent on FILTHY energy sources like oil, and nuclear power. Solar power would upset the Republican plan to murder the middle/poor classes.

8:33AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Emptying the trunk is a great idea!

4:16AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Thanks, but once the A/C is installed you already suffer the reduced mileage because of the weight. The same with the automatic transmission. Depending on where you live you might be able to live without an air conditioner, especially if it's a second car. Loosing weight would probably help many people get better mileage also, and allow for a smaller car at the same time.

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