20 ways to save gas this summer
By following these simple tips, you'll eke out a little extra mileage and experience a little less pain at the pump.
For every penny that gas prices go up, Americans spend $1.25 billion more per year at the pump. No one wants to waste that kind of money. So unless you're hauling the whole ball team,  IT'S TIME TO UNLOAD THE OLD SUBURBAN. And you, Honda Element fella, stop smirking: You're getting only 20 mpg — and driving something even less aerodynamic.
If you're driving something that gets reasonable fuel economy, drive it reasonably. When entering a highway,  ACCELERATE TO 60 MPH AT ABOUT DOUBLE YOUR CAR'S TOP 0-TO-60 TIME. As Popular Mechanics proved in a battery of tests, this puts the car in its more efficient top gear quicker than the smug hyper-miler crawling up to speed... in the left lane.
 COAST — IN GEAR. The same tests showed that rolling in neutral requires a trickle of gas to keep the engine running but in-gear coasting does not — and that if you anticipate traffic lights and  DON'T COME TO A COMPLETE STOP, you can boost mpg by as much as 50 percent.
A warm engine is more efficient, so string errands together by  DRIVING TO THE FARTHEST DESTINATION FIRST, which will get the block heated up, then work your way home.
When it's warm out, keep cool by opening the windows, enjoying the breeze, and  TURNING OFF THE GAS-DRAINING A/C. At highway speeds, however, our tests showed windows-down driving creates drag. So at 60 mph or faster, roll up the windows and  PUT ON THE A/C.
Notice to hoarders: You don't need to lug around a case of oil, a bag of sand, or that box of antique tools you got at the garage sale, right? So  EMPTY THE TRUNK — less weight, better mileage. Pickup drivers,  REMOVE THE 300-POUND TOOLBOX FROM THE BED and, while you're at it,  CLOSE THE TAILGATE to create a drag-reducing air bubble. MythBusters increased the overall range of a full tank by 30 miles using this technique; the show also proved that  A RIGHT-TURN ONLY ROUTE increases fuel economy by 3 percent, because idling (at stoplights, for instance) wastes fuel. For that same reason,  AVOID TRAFFIC PINCH POINTS. Driving at speed is more fuel efficient than creeping along in low gear. And if you're not regularly carrying a bike or a kayak on that roof rack, reduce drag by  SLIDING OFF THE CROSSBARS or at least  SLIDING THE CROSSBARS ALL THE WAY BACK (making a single wing).
At the pump  AVOID GAS RATED E15; the "E" is for ethanol, which has about 30 percent less energy than gasoline and kills mpg. (Ethanol-free gas is rare today; you'll probably have to settle for E10.) While at the filling station,  INFLATE YOUR TIRES PROPERLY and check them for uneven wear, which works against you. Stickier, wider performance tires also increase road friction and sap mileage. So  STEER CLEAR OF TIRES MEANT FOR RACE CARS, and  SWITCH TO ECO-FOCUSED TIRES, which reduce rolling resistance. Also,  GET A TUNEUP; a smooth-running engine is more efficient.
Finally, don't overlook the obvious: Nothing saves gas like not driving at all.  RIDE YOUR BICYCLE to fetch that quart of milk, especially if the store is just a mile or so away.
Content provided by Popular Mechanics.
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I want to add #21:
Use Cruise Control. It is far more efficient than your right foot to keep the car at a steady speed. It's funny when you are driving up and down hills. Going down, the other cars race past me, but when we begin to climb, I cruise past them. The engine will run at a lower RPM using cruise control.
Good advise, learned some new tactics...
A few things I would add are:
Keep your suspension repaired and aligned, both front and rear. (But be careful who you let do the alignment. Sadly a lot of shops want to sell unnecessary parts, leave things loose, and have no idea how an alignment should be done!)
Adjust your speed according to wind conditions. Why force your vehicle to run 70 MPH into a 40 MPH headwind? If you can SAFELY stay behind a truck, do it, it will make a BIG difference.
About cruise control... It depends a lot on the vehicle and road conditions. The newer vehicles with 6 speed transmissions seem to do very well. When a downshift is needed, it keeps the engine in a narrower RPM range, as opposed to a 3 or 4 speed transmission that downshifts to a radically lower gear even for a small incline. When driving on hilly roads, especially at higher altitudes, I tend to turn off the cruise and do my best to stay in a higher gear.
I'm also liking the synthetic oils. They supposedly maintain a more constant viscosity than pure petroleum oils. This allows you to run the lighter weights in the summer and not have the thick cold oil drag in cold weather. This also applies to transmission fluids, power steering and differential oil.
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As for the tips to lower gas use, I liked them. Thanks.
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