After what seemed like an eternity, gas prices are, for the moment at least, hanging steady at about $3.60 per gallon for regular unleaded. While that price still leaves some of us crying in the corner (and the diesel truck owners are at wit’s end) as we pay $40 and up at the pump for each fill-up, there are some things you can do to help limit your trips to the gas station. FuelEconomy.gov brings us these helpful ideas to get better gas mileage, no matter what vehicle you drive:
-Drive more efficiently by avoiding excess speeding, acceleration and braking. These actions burn more gas, lowering your typical gas mileage by up to 33 percent.
-Observe the speed limit and try to travel at 60 mph as gas mileage tends to decrease over this limit.
-Avoid excess weight when possible. According to FuelEconomy.gov, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2 percent.
-Use cruise control. Most new vehicles have this feature available, and by allowing your car to maintain a constant speed, it typically avoids the unnecessary waste of gas.
-Use overdrive gears in manual, stick-shift vehicles. When in overdrive (usually the fifth gear), the engine slows down, reducing intake to save gas and reduce engine wear.