Oh gasoline, how we love to hate you, and hate to depend on you. With all the environmental issues, questionable practices of big oil companies, and the outrageous expense, it can be painful to watch the price climb higher and higher at the gas pump. Yet, at the same time, if you depend on your car to get around, you can’t really avoid forking over the big bucks at the gas station. There are ways to reduce your fuel consumption, however! Read on for tips on saving gasoline.
Knock it Off With the Lead Foot
In response to the 1973 oil crisis, the U.S. Congress barred federal funding for any transportation projects where the speed limit would be over 55 MPH. Why? Well, if you go any faster than that, you use more gas. If you’re traveling at speeds over 35-45 miles per hour, you save 5-10% of your fuel economy by reducing your speed by 5 MPH.
Check Your Tires
A fully-inflated tire is a happy tire. One test showed that an under-inflated tire lost 1.3 miles per gallon in fuel economy.
Park in the Shade
Nobody likes a hot car on a sunny day — including the car itself! Hot and sunny weather can make emissions evaporate so find a garage, shady spot, or keep a windshield shade handy.