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5 Tips for Better Gas Mileage This Year

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We’ve just entered a new year and a lot of people are just getting started with their New Year’s resolutions (or they’ve already given up). If one of your resolutions is to reduce expenses and save money you might want to take a look at these 5 tips to get better gas mileage.

Change Your Route – If it’s possible you should try to avoid hills, frequent lane changes, idling, and of course traffic. Sometimes a longer route can save gas by avoiding these fuel zappers.

Check Your Tires – Improperly inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Fuel economy can be improved by up to 3.3% just by adding air.

Check Your Oil – Using the recommended grade of motor oil can improve mileage by up to 2%. “Energy Conserving” motor oil contains additives that reduce friction and improve performance.

Check Your Trunk – Your gas mileage can be reduced as much as 2% for every hundred pounds of weight in your vehicle.  If you’ve been carrying around recycling or donations now is the time to make the drop-off and start saving gas.

Check Your Speed – According to the U.S. Department of Energy web site FuelEconomy.gov every 5mph over 50mph you drive “is like paying an extra $0.24 per gallon for gas.

You might also want to look into driving a more efficient auto. Most of the vehicles with the highest efficiencies are small cars but if you’re looking for something a bit larger you should take a look at the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which U.S. News & World Report selected # 1 in affordable mid-size cars.

If you are shopping for a new auto to start the year, let AutoBuying101 match you up with dealers, compare auto pricing, and research vehicles, to find the best deal on a new auto and check off one of your resolutions this month.