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Summer in the USA means driving a lot.While crude prices have stumbled, the sell-off is unlikely to last — just today they were up more than five per cent.
Luckily, the American Petroleum Institute has put together a handy guide for how you can improve your gas mileage.
It’s simpler than you think — and dispels a lot of myths.
The faster you drive, the more gasoline your car uses.
Driving at 65 miles per hour rather than 55 miles per hour reduces fuel economy by about 2 miles per gallon.
The use of air conditioning can reduce fuel economy by as much as 2 miles per gallon at certain speeds and under certain operating conditions.
Underinflated tires can decrease fuel economy by up to 1 mile per gallon.
An engine tune-up can improve car fuel economy by an average of 1 mile per gallon.
Abruptly starting your car (e.g., as soon as a traffic light turns green) requires about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.
Unnecessary speed ups, slowdowns and stops can decrease fuel economy by up to 2 miles per gallon.
Combine short trips into one to do all your errands. Avoid travelling during rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel consumption patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idling periods.
Consider joining a car pool. This also reduces the odds of getting lost (not that this would ever happen...) -- a major drain on gas.
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