Gas prices are soaring, with drivers from coast to coast feeling the pinch and new record highs recorded day after day as the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the fallout continues.
Tip #1: Avoid Aggressive Driving
Flooring your accelerator, speeding and braking quickly all waste gas. That type of driving, studies show, can lower your gas mileage by double-digit percentages.
Slow down and drive sensibly. Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph.
Tip #2: Use Your Trunk and Avoid the Roof Rack
Cargo on your roof increases wind resistance and lowers fuel economy.
Use your trunk or a rear-mounted cargo storage instead.
Tip #3: Moving, or Turn Your Car Off
Sitting with your car idling can burn up to half a gallon per hour.
Tip #4: Use the Right Grade of Oil for Your Car
While you're at it, look for oil that is labeled as "energy conserving."
Tip #5: Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Under-inflated tires lead to worse gas mileage. Properly inflated tires are also safer and last longer.