More Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

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Gas prices may be going down (I don’t know when this video was made, since mentioned “sky high” gas prices), but that’s no reason to stop trying to save gas. You might be able to afford more gas than you could a month ago, but the environment can’t afford us increasing our gas just because it’s cheaper.

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It is important to make sure your gas cap is locked and intact. Last year 147 million gallons of gas evaporated because of loose, missing, or broken gas caps.

Keeping your tire pressure optimal is a good way to save on gas and increase your gas mileage. Learn the optimal PSI for your car by checking inside your driver’s door, gas door, or owner’s manual. Use a digital tire pressure gage or a dial gage to check your tire pressure, they are the most accurate. Check your tire pressure in the morning, before you drive, when the tires are cool. By checking your tire pressure once a month and maintaining optimal pressure, you can increase your fuel economy by one to two MPG.

Keep your trunk empty when possible. Trunks loaded with heavy items will decrease your gas mileage. So will, idling, so skip the drive-through and turn the car off if you will be idling for more than a couple minutes.

Basic maintenance of your car is important for keeping it functioning properly and for keeping your gas mileage from dropping. Replace your car’s air filter every 6 months and check and maintain your spark plugs regularly.

Use synthetic oil in your car. It doesn’t use fossil fuels, it increases your fuel economy by 2-3%, and it lowers your emissions by 2-3%.

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