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21 Gas Saving Tips For "Mad As Hell" Americans

I'm Mad As Hell And I Am Not Going To Take It Anymore!

Auto Central May 25, 2022; With gas prices current topping out at more than $4 for a gallon of regular unleaded, many drivers are cutting costs where they can.

As gas is at a premium, AAA is offering 21 tips to help drivers get the most out of every precious drop:

  • Change your oil. Check with the vehicle manufacturer to find out how often it should be changed -- and change it on time.
  • Keep those tires inflated. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires. Maintain the recommended tire pressure.
  • Check and replace air filters. When the time comes, switch them out. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.
  • Unless your vehicle requires it, don't use premium fuel.
  • Make sure your gas cap fits properly.
  • Adhere to the recommended engine maintenance schedule. Check the vehicle's owner's manual to ensure top engine performance and conserve fuel.
  • Don't use your trunk for storage. A vehicle carrying heavy items can increase fuel consumption by 1-2 percent.
  • Travel light. A loaded roof rack can decrease fuel economy by 5 percent.
  • Avoid "warming up" your engine. Doing so unnecessarily wastes fuel.
  • Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
  • Anticipate your stopping points. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible.
  • Slow down. As you drive faster, aerodynamic drag increases. By driving 60mph instead of 70mph during your 20-mile commute, you'll save approximately 1.3 gallons of gas in a five-day work week.
  • Use cruise control when appropriate. It will help you maintain a constant speed while traveling on highways.
  • Use overdrive gears during highway driving. This decreases your car's engine speed, reducing fuel consumption and engine wear.
  • Keep windows closed while on highways. Open windows at highway speeds can cause air drag and reduce gas mileage by 10%.
  • Don't start and stop your engine unless you need to. Idling for one minute consumes gas equivalent to the amount used to start an engine.
  • Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when a car is idling in a stopped position at a railroad crossing, or at a long stop light. In these situations, a vehicle's gear should be in neutral.
  • Avoid "revving" the engine. Especially just before turning it off. Doing so wastes fuel and wears out cylinders.
  • Run errands with a plan. Try to make one trip instead of three.
  • Take advantage of carpools or ride-share programs.
  • Shop around for the best price. Gas prices can vary tremendously. Use the AAA mobile app to find the cheapest gas prices in your area.