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Improving Gas Mileage Can Be Something You Can Achieve

By Louise Hoffman

Improving gas mileage in any type of vehicle is dependent on two factors.

How you drive your car and how you maintain it are the two factors. Of the two, maintenance is the easiest to address, but overall has less impact than your driving habits.

The three key aspects of keeping a car at it’s highest fuel efficiency are; tire inflation, the tuning and maintenance of your engine and using the proper motor oil.

Typically you will save 4 percent of your fuel usage if you tune your engine rather than letting it fail its emission test. You can save as high as 40 percent on fuel usage if something dramatic had to be fixed like a faulty oxygen sensor which would mess the ratio of fuel and air. Typically, however, if gas is $2.75, a tune up can save you the equivalent of 11 cents per gallon in increased fuel efficiency.

Tires are safer and last longer when they have the right air pressure. The air pressure that your tires need is usually in the driver’s side door jam, t is also in the car’s owner’s manual. Don’t follow the maximum pressure printed on the tires. Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve fuel economy up to 3 percent, saving you about 8 cents per gallon.

Using the recommended grade of motor oil improves gas mileage only one or two percent, but that’s 3 to 6 cents per gallon.

A great saving of 25 percent can be achieved by following the recommended products, parts and maintenance for your car.

Fuel burns much quicker when you have bad driving habits, you can cost you more than $1.50 pr gallon. These habits are also harder to fix – you can’t pay someone to make them go away in a few hours.

Speeding and stopping quickly, rapid acceleration all contribute to the worst kind of driving habits. That kind of driving can lower your gas mileage by as much as a third on the highway (think only 10 mpg instead of 30) and five percent around town. around town that is 5 percent. Per gallon it is costing you 91 cents extra.

The second biggest waste of fuel is speeding. For every 5 mph you are traveling more than 60mph speeding you actually drop 11 percent of you gas mileage. You stand to lose a huge 50 cents per gallon if you drive 10 mph faster than 60 mph.

Idling and carrying too much weight are also costing you 100 pounds can cost an extra 6 cents per gallon. You can also improve mileage by using cruise control on the highway and using overdrive gears, which slow your engine while maintaining speed.

Follow these steps and save money at the fuel pump, get into the good driving habits to help reduced the gas you are using and be sure that your car is mechanically sound.

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Hoffman, Louise "Improving Gas Mileage Can Be Something You Can Achieve." Improving Gas Mileage Can Be Something You Can Achieve. 25 Jul. 2010. uberarticles.com. 28 Dec 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/automotive/improving-gas-mileage-can-be-something-you-can-achieve/>.

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Hoffman, L (2010, July 25). Improving Gas Mileage Can Be Something You Can Achieve. Retrieved December 28, 2014, from http://uberarticles.com/automotive/improving-gas-mileage-can-be-something-you-can-achieve/

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