Gasoline prices aren’t expected to shoot up any time soon, but they’re comparatively high enough for car shoppers to always be looking for fuel efficiency. Gas prices can put a hole in your wallet, unless you have a high mileage hybrid or an electric vehicle (EV) that takes no gas at all. For those not interested in hybrids or EVs but who are interested in gaining better gas mileage and lowering that cost, here are five ways of reaching that goal. (You can also view Larry Gamache of Carfax .)
Tip number 1: Reduce Drag
Did you know that aerodynamic drag from things like a roof rack or cargo carrier robs you of 5% of your gas mileage when you’re at highway speed?
Tip number 2: Maintain Proper Tire Pressure
Underinflated tires aren’t just dangerous they devour fuel economy by 25%.
Number 3: Run Clean
A car in poor running condition uses more gas than a tuned up car. A dirty air filter can reduce gas mileage by up to 20%, and dirty spark plugs can lose up to 12%.
Tip number 4: Lighten Up Your Load
For every 100 pounds of junk in your trunk, you’re wasting 1.5% of your gas mileage.
Tip Number 5: Drive Smarter
Accelerating quickly, braking hard and shifting lanes frequently eats up gas. Being a little more sensible can save you 33% on the highway and 5% around town.
So lose the rack, keep up the maintenance, get the junk outta your trunk, and drive smarter to save big at the pump.