Better Gas Mileage: Ten Easy Tips For Big Savings

May 24, 2011

While gas prices are on their way down, there's not a whole lot of relief yet—at least not in time for the busy Memorial Day holiday travel weekend.

According to a study from the AAA, gas prices will impact about four out of ten holiday travelers. But it doesn't have to pinch your wallet as much as you think; the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has arranged a list of fuel-saving strategies.

"With the Memorial Day kick-off of the summer driving season, there's no reason consumer should pay for gas they don't need," said Jack Gillis, the author of The Car Book and Director of Public Affairs for the CFA.

The organization estimates that Americans could improve their gas mileage by about 13 percent just by following this tips wherever relevant. Some of them are common-sense measures, while others (like keeping your speed down, and vehicle aligned and in tune) improve your safety as well.

For instance, the organization says that just removing 100 pounds of accessories or items carried around in your vehicle, you gain up to two percent in fuel efficiency, and that's as if gas were to cost six cents less; and simply driving smoother can save about 68 cents a gallon.

Here are the CFA's ten ways to save on gas, based on a pump price of $3.85 per gallon:

Tips for better gas mileage - based on $3.85/gallon - from CFA

Tips for better gas mileage - based on $3.85/gallon - from CFA

[Consumer Federation of America]

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