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Nine ways to save on gas

Here are nine tips to save money on gas when you go on your next road trip. (Souce: NSSGA.org) Here are nine tips to save money on gas when you go on your next road trip. (Souce: NSSGA.org)

(WTVM) – With summer well underway, some people are looking to go on one more road trip before school starts back next month.

Here are nine tips to save money on gas when you go on your next road trip.

     1.Avoid high speeds and heavy braking.

According to an article on Gasbuddy.com, as your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases as well. Driving 62 mph vs 75 mph will reduce fuel consumption by about 15 percent. By anticipating the traffic and accelerating slowly and braking slowly, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20 percent.

     2. Use your smartphone

You can use your smartphone to find the lowest gas prices in your area. Apps like GasBuddy or Gas Guru from Yellow Pages will map out the cheapest gas and even give you directions to those stations.

     3. Keep tires properly inflated

Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your car’s manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1 percent.

     4. Use A/C sparingly or only as needed

When the air conditioner is on it puts more work on the engine forcing more fuel to be used by about 20 percent. The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.Try to drive during the cooler parts of the day, and park in a shady spots whenever you are out shopping or dining out. 

     5. Keep windows closed

Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10 percent. 

     6. Service your car regularly

Ever heard the phrase, "Car for you car and it will care for you?" Proper vehicle maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.

     7. Use cruise control

Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas so use the cruise control whenever possible.

     8. Avoid heavy loads and long idles

Remove unnecessary junk from the trunk and try to pack lightly for long trips. If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for that time.

     9. Fill up when your tank is half full.

The more gas you have in your tank, the less air there is occupying the empty space.

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