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Fill up your tank less often -- and save money when you do -- with the gas saving tips and tricks in this car fuel video series from Howcast.
You Will Need
- Regular maintenance for your car
Slow down. Traveling at 55 mph gives you up to 21 percent better gas mileage as compared to driving at 65 mph. Plus, since traffic lights are timed for the lower speed, you’ll decrease your odds of having to stop—another gas waster.
Get your car checked
Get regular tune-ups, and pay special attention to your air filters. Dirty ones diminish airflow, which wastes gas.
Avoid idling, which takes up more gas than stopping and restarting the engine. Turn your car off when you’re waiting for someone, and go into fast-food places instead of using the drive-through.
Don’t put the pedal to the metal
Go easy on both gas and brakes. Anytime you do a jackrabbit start or a quick stop it decreases your gas mileage.
Clean out your car
Weight also decreases gas mileage, so clean out your car of any unnecessary items.
Stick to paved roads
Stick to paved roads; dirt and gravel can reduce gas mileage by as much as 30 percent.
Buy a hybrid
Invest in a hybrid. Not only do they give you immediate savings at the pump, they may even earn you a tax break.