SAVE MONEY AT THE PUMPS:
With gas prices in some places double what they were 15 months ago, and no relief in sight, here are some tips to increase your gas mileage by up to 30% . . .
⇒ Check the air: Do it before you go anywhere. Low tire pressure can affect fuel economy, performance and handling, plus accelerate tire wear. (And if you think gas is expensive, check out the prices on tires these days. It’s highway rubbery!)
⇒ Remove your roof rack: At highway speeds, more than 50% of engine power goes to overcoming aerodynamic drag, so don’t carry unneeded items on the roof if you don’t have to.
⇒ Don’t speed: You knew that was coming. You’ll not only avoid getting a ticket, you’ll save money on fuel. (Now you’re starting to sound like my wife…)
⇒ Drive smart: Using cruise control, limiting use of air conditioning, combining errands and avoiding idling can also help save fuel. So can simply driving smoothly. Accelerate moderately and anticipate the movement of traffic.
⇒ Don’t buy premium: Only pay extra for “high-octane” if your owner’s manual indicates that you should. (I’m pretty sure my bank account indicates I SHOULDN’T!)
⇒ Buy gas during the week: Generally, it’s cheaper between Monday-Thursday in the evening. Many gas stations drop the price in the evening and during the work week, only to raise it back up in the morning and again once the weekend arrives. (That’s what they do around here…except for the part about “dropping the price”!!)