How to improve your fuel mileage  

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created by Economizer 2009-07-18 04:35:33 pm

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Turn off your aircon when you don't need it! This is one of the easiest ways to save fuel, and the savings are noticable.

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submitted by Flyssy 2009-11-08 07:06:32 pm    


If you only use your car for running local errands or very short trips only fill your tank half way. Otherwise you are just paying for carrying the extra weight of a full tank of gas. A gallon of gas weighs about 6 lbs.

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submitted by Economizer 2009-07-20 12:44:52 pm    

A total cliche but it never hurts to repeat. Replace your car's air filter at least once a year! One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to improve fuel efficiency. Unrestricted airflow saves gas.

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submitted by Economizer 2009-07-18 04:35:33 pm    

Idling will always result in zero miles per gallon,so try to turn off your engine when ever possible. Specially if you know you will be waiting on someone for longer than a couple of minutes.

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submitted by Economizer 2009-07-20 02:29:20 pm    

Drive a car with a manual gear shift! Unless the automatic is a 7 steps Audi WHEN you are about to stop, or reduce speed (or downhill) THEN don't step on the brake BUT let the engine work as your brake, simply by removing the foot from the accelerator

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submitted by askformore 2009-09-07 07:41:34 am    

Don't drive with your foot on the brake. Even a slight pressure will cause the break pads to engage slightly causing less fuel efficency.

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submitted by Mel 2009-07-20 05:37:46 pm    


Don't be afraid or ashamed to drive at or even below the speed limit. Remember your engine is the most efficient at the lowest RPM's in the highest gear.

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submitted by bdudley6 2009-07-20 05:57:58 pm    

Advoid trying to beat the car that's trying to merge onto the highway. Not only do you save gas from flooring it, but it's a heck of a lot less stressful.

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submitted by imscamp 2009-07-20 06:55:22 pm    

Watch the stoplights ahead of you. If the next light turns red well before you get there, let off the gas. Don't fly up to it and stop. Try to time it so that you don't have to stop. You use more fuel to get started than anything else.

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submitted by bdudley6 2009-07-28 10:33:18 pm    

Also, check your tire pressure monthly. Improperly Inflated tires reduce gas mileage and tire life.

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submitted by ontargetairsoft 2009-07-20 12:15:35 pm    

The key to improving your fuel mileage is to not drive with your pedal to the metal. Gunning your engine off the line will decrease your mileage per gallon, driving at a reasonable speed will increase your mileage.

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submitted by JohnS 2009-08-24 08:00:55 pm    


Skip the long drive-thru lines at McDonalds, you will save gas by avoiding those long idling moments and you will save money by avoiding those costly medical bills from clogged arteries.

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submitted by KarenKramer 2009-08-30 03:52:30 pm    

At stops do not brake hard and then stop the gas to get moving again. Instead easy the brakes to stop, and to get going release the brake and let the car roll for a second then slowly apply gas. Braking hard and accelerating hard wastes gas.

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submitted by vinh291 2009-07-20 11:24:18 pm    

Lighten up. If you are carrying a bunch of stuff in your Trunk that you do not need get it out of there. Every extra fifty pounds will have an effect on your mileage. Especially over time.

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submitted by zbikenut 2009-09-18 09:35:10 am    

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