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Use these tips to save money at the gas pump

Staff Report • Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 11:57 AM

For many motorists, paying high prices for gasoline seems unavoidable.

In reality, there are several easy ways to save money at the gas pump. Follow these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to keep your summer travels budget-friendly.

Drive sensibly

• Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas.

• Gas mileage can be reduced 15-30 percent at highway speeds, or 10-40 percent in stop-and-go traffic. This is equivalent to 27¢-$1.08 per gallon.

Observe the speed limit

• Not only is it safer, but it can help you save money.

• Gas mileage rapidly declines at speeds above 50 mph.

• Every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional 19 cents per gallon.

Lose the weight

• Using your trunk for storage can cost you by way of lower fuel economy.

• Remove unnecessary items from your vehicle.

• An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle reduces your miles per gallon by about 1 percent. That’s like paying an additional 3 cents per gallon for every 100 pounds.

Use cruise control

• Cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed.

• Conversely, constant throttling at high speeds consumes gasoline much faster.

Avoid excess idling

• Idling uses a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour.

• Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked.

• It only takes 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle.

Combine trips

• This saves time and money.

• Fuel economy is better when your engine is warmed up and you make multiple stops.

Inflate tires

• Keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure can improve your gas mileage up to 3 percent. It can mean the difference of a couple cents per gallon.

• Find the recommended tire pressure on a sticker located on the driver’s side door jamb.

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