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Fuel for Thought: Save Gas; Save Money

Submitted Wed, 09/18/2013 - 7:00am by Web Guy

Don't let high gas prices siphon extra dollars from your wallet this summer. Before you pay at the pump, check out the best gas prices in your area at www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/gasprices/states/index.shtml

Accelerate Your Savings

After you fill up, follow these no-cost tips to save gas – and money:

  • Check your owner's manual to determine the right octane level for your car and do not exceed it. The higher the octane, the higher the gas price. (Note: All gas pumps must post the octane rating on them under the FTC's Fuel Rating Rule.)
  • When traveling this summer, avoid packing items on top of your vehicle. A loaded roof rack or carrier creates wind resistance and can decrease fuel economy by 5%.
  • Take life in the 'slow lane.' Although every vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at different speeds, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly when you hit 60 mph. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.31 per gallon for gas.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and reduce fuel consumption.
  • If doing a road trip, inflate your tires on the higher end of the manufactures suggested psi. May be a little stiffer ride, less tread on the road leads to fuel savings for you.
  • If you're thinking about buying a vehicle, check out the Green Vehicle Guide to help you choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient model to fit your needs. A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $903 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.61). That's a savings over $4,500 over five years.1