making gas strechPosted: March 17, 2011
The price of fuel has crept up in my neck of the woods. I have a 70-mile round trip commute to work everyday (that is the trade-off for living in rural areas). Gas can really cut into our bottom line. So here are 5 easy things to help save a little gas and money!
Slow Down! Gas Mileage reduces dramatically after 60 mph. The US Dept of Energy website says that for every 5 mph over 60 that you are going, it is like paying 24 cents more per gallon of gas.
Keep the Road Rage in check. Aggressive driving (fast acceleration, breaking, speeding, etc) wastes gas and is safer for yourself and the others on the road.
Clean out the trunk. If you have 100 extra pounds of weight in your car, your mileage can go down up to 2 percent. This affects light, small cars more than heavy-duty trucks.
Set the Cruise. This will help you maintain a constant speed, which in most cases and can help with the gas
Keep your car in tip-top shape. Get your car a tune up. Make sure the tires are properly inflated (there should be a sticker with the proper inflation on your door jamb). There is even ‘engergy saving’ motor oil, but if all else fails make sure you are using the correct grade of oil for your care