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Fuel Saving Tips

With fuel costs changing day to day we thought it would be helpful to remind you of some common sense things to help with the fuel economy of your vehicle.

Drive sensibly – Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration then braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and about 5% in city driving. 

Observe the speed limit – Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 M.P.H. Most vehicles are designed for maximum fuel economy at 60 M.P.H. 

Avoid excessive idling – Your vehicle is getting 0 MPG at idle. You may want to give up a little fuel mileage when it is -20F in Minnesota!! 

Keep your car properly tunedFixing a car that is noticeably out of tune can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done.

Check and replace air filters regularly – Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car’s gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. Your car’s air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine.

Keep tires properly inflatedYou can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

Use the recommended grade of motor oil – You can improve your gas mileage by 1-2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1-2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1-1.5 percent.

Source: www.fueleconomy.gov

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