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  • 10 Driving Habits that will Save Money, Save Gas, & Save Your Tires

    Here are some easy and effective habits you can adopt to Save Money, Gas and your Tires

    1) Slow Down!

    Sources estimates that “aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets – which results in spending an extra .07 to .049 cents per gallon.”

    2) Empty Your Trunk

     Remove unnecessary items in your trunk to lighten your vehicle’s load. An extra 100 lbs sitting in your trunk or the back of your pick-up or SUV can reduce fuel economy by up to 2 percent.

     

    3) Combine Trips

    Multiple short trips can consume TWICE as much gas as one longer, multi-purpose trip covering the same distance. Coined “trip chaining,” this method can save you time and money on gas.

    4) Keep Your Vehicle Tuned-Up and Change the Oil

    Always keep your vehicle in good repair and change the oil at recommended intervals – a well-tuned engine burns less gas.

    5) Follow Your Vehicle’s Recommended Starting Procedure

    Check your owner’s manual for the proper starting procedure for your vehicle. Long warm-ups are not usually necessary and just waste fuel.

    6) Avoid Congested Roads

    Packed roads contribute to inconsistent speeds and continuous starts and stops, which burn extra gas.

    7) Never Overfill Your Tank

    If you overfill your gas tank, excess gas will slosh or seep out wastefully

    8) Ensure Your Gas Cap is Tight

    Gas quickly and easily evaporates!

    9) Maintain Proper Tire Pressure

    The fact is that underinflated tires waste gas and wear out the tread.

     

    10) Consider Other Means of Transportation

    Carpooling, walking, riding a bike, or using mass transit are all great methods of conservation.

     

    Follow these simple tips and you’ll soon be on your way to saving time, increasing safety, and conserving dollars at the pump!

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