October 14, 2004


Edmunds.com offers 10 tips for improving fuel economy

Santa Monica, California – The editors of Edmunds.com have issued “10 Tips for Improving Fuel Economy”.

“Everyone who drives regularly has felt the pinch of the rising gas prices, with no apparent end in sight,” said Karl Brauer, editor in chief of Edmunds.com. “However, there are some very simple steps everyone can do, regardless of what type of vehicle they drive, that will allow them to get better gas mileage.”

10 Tips for Better Fuel Economy:

  1. Follow the Recommended Maintenance — A well-maintained vehicle will
    operate more efficiently. Fouled spark plugs, dirty air filter or a
    clogged fuel filter will diminish fuel economy.
  2. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated — Under inflated tires require
    more energy to roll, requiring more frequent fill-ups. Properly
    inflated tires can improve fuel economy by 3.3 percent.
  3. Take a Load Off — Heavier vehicles require more energy to move.
    Empty trunks and remove luggage/ski racks when not in use.
  4. Don’t Drive Aggressively — Hitting the gas pedal hard after
    stopping, slamming on the brakes and speeding all decrease fuel
    efficiency.
  5. Use the Highest Gear Possible — Lower gears use more power, so
    switch to a higher gear when driving at a steady speed for manual
    transmissions and avoid using “sport” mode in automatic
    transmissions.
  6. Use Cruise Control — Selectively — Cruise Control is a great asset
    on flat roads, but isn’t the most efficient on hilly terrain.
  7. Think Clean — Keeping your car washed and waxed improves its
    aerodynamics, therefore improving fuel efficiency.
  8. Avoid Excessive Idling — An idling car burns fuel. Whenever
    possible, turn car off while waiting, or go inside instead of using a
    drive through.
  9. Think Before You Ventilate — Air conditioning consumes more fuel,
    while rolled down windows decreases aerodynamics. Roll down windows
    if in slow-moving traffic; use the air conditioner if travelling at
    high speeds.
  10. Combine Your Errands — Cold engines use more fuel than warm engines.
    Combining errands means the engine will be warmer for more of the
    trip.

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