Following these simple driving tips can equal extra cash to expend in your travels --together, they can save you as much as $80* on a 700-mile round trip.
Before Hitting the Road...
Get the junk out of your trunk.
An extra 100 pounds reduces gas mileage by up to 2%.
Fully inflate your tires.
Experts estimate a quarter of all vehicles run on underinflated tires.
Change your oil.
Using manufacturer recommended grade of motor oil improves fuel economy by 1–2%.
Tighten your fuel cap.
Save: 30 gallons/year
One of the easiest possible ways to keep gas in your tank.
On The Road...
Slow down and save.
Save: $14 by driving 60 MPH instead of 70 MPH
Each 5 MPH you drive over 60 MPH is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon.
Avoid aggressive driving.
Speeding, rapid acceleration and hard braking can reduce gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.
Use cruise control.
This helps maintain a constant speed and improves fuel economy up to 7%.
*Numbers based on 700-mile trip; 24 MPG vehicle mileage; $3.79/gallon gas price; and E.P.A. estimated savings.