While the price may be down a little today, gas is still close to its all time high. And if you're like most drivers - you want to do everything you can to make every gallon count. NewsChanell 11 did some digging and found research proven to help you save dollars, not just pennies at the pump.
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Edmunds.com is a car buyers advocacy web site that digs deep to find answer so consumers don't have to. Their research says it's not the gas you buy or the car you drive, of course that helps, but it's your driving habits. By changing just a few of those habits you can improve fuel economy up to 37% right away. Sometimes it's as easy as turning your car off.
* Tip 1 - Not only is it convenient, using your cruise control is surprisingly an effective way to save gas. Actually up to 14% savings. So if you've got it, use it.
* Tip 2 - Set that cruise control to the speed limit and you'll see a substantial savings on long trips. Excessive speed burns more fuel, so if you're going the speed limit not only will you steer clear of a ticket, you'll see a savings of up to 14% as well.
* Tip 3 - When you're not driving turn off your car. Avoiding excessive idling can save up to 19%. So if you're stopping longer than a minute - shut it down.
* Tip 4 - Now on to the one tip, that alone can save you unbelievable amounts of gas. Practice moderate driving and don't be aggressive on the road. It's as simple as this: Don't mash the gas when you start up and easily press on the break when you slow down. Tests show if you slow your 0-to-60-mph acceleration time down to a pace of 15%, you'll feel the savings immediately - up to 37% savings.
Now on to some not so effective gas saving tips.
You may have heard, or even go by the - air conditioner off, windows down theory saves you gas. Well while it may be nice in theory; it is not true in practice. There's no measurable difference in driving with your a A/C on or riding with your windows down. So just make yourself comfortable.
And while it is important for safety and it reduces tire wear, checking your tire pressure shows no measurable effect on your gas mileage.
So let's say you add all of these proven tips to your daily driving routine, according to research, you could see a saving of up to 84%!
The wonderful part about these tips is they're a simple, easy ways to improve your car's mileage and you'll see substantial savings at the pump.
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