Gas Mileage Money Saving Tips

A few money saving tips to help you drive smarter and save money at the gas pump.

  1. Pump it Up - Keeping tires properly inflated improves gas mileage by around 3%, saving as much as 20 gallons of gas per year, or up to $45.
  2. Choose the Right Oil - Selecting the right oil, using the manufacturer's recommended grade of oil, improves gas mileage by 1 to 2%, resulting in annual savings of up to $25. Motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API Performance Symbol contains friction reducing additives.
  3. Reduce your VMT - Reducing your vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by only 5% per year through combining trips, walking, biking, or taking public transportation, can save up to $65 per year in gas costs. Walking and biking are goo for your health, too!
  4. Curb Aggressive Driving - Speeding, rapid acceleration (jackrabbit starts), and rapid braking can lower gas mileage by up to 33% at highway speeds. Very aggressive drivers can save up to 90 gallons of gasoline annually, worth up to $190 per year, by driving sensibly.
  5. Drive Sensibly - Around town, sensible driving can save 5%, or up to 17 gallons of gasoline per year, equal to up to $35.
  6. Ditch "Junk in the Trunk" - An extra 100 lbs in the trunk cuts a typical car's fuel economy by up to 2%. You can save up to 12 gallons of gasoline per year, or up to $25, by removing an extra 100 lbs in the trunk of a car.

These tips are calculated as potential annual savings, driving the national average of 12,500 miles per year in a vehicle using regular grade gasoline at $2.12 per gallon - the projected 2009 average by the Energy Information Administration's May Short Term Energy Outlook.

Individual savings may vary depending on how miles your drive per year, the fuel economy of your vehicle, your region's climate, and your current maintenance and driving habits.

This content originally appeared in a different form at fueleconomy.gov.

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