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Gas saving tips

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Shop Non-Brand Name Gas Stations: Most non-brand name gas stations use the exact same product as the brand names.  Save a few cents every gallon getting a very similar product.

� Use the Right Grade of Gasoline: Some people believe premium grade is the best for cars. Not true. Read your car manual to see what's recommended by the manufacturer (many times they recommend regular grade.)  Use the lowest grade recommended.

� Don't Top Off: Many studies have shown that the "top off" usually remains in the hose or is lost to evaporation. Don't bother!

� Avoid Sudden Stop and Go: Driving less aggressively WILL increase your gas mileage.  Rapid acceleration and braking burns more fuel and is harder on your vehicle.  Using cruise control is the most efficient for gas mileage.

� Tire Pressure: Driving on tires that are not fully inflated can cost you 10% or more in lost gas.  Check your pressure once a month.

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Comments

1.
Comment by scorpio - July 13, 2008, 10:34 am
topping off,i know in no self service state nj,they top it off above full.
2.
konaneComment by konane - July 13, 2008, 12:13 pm
Another tip which was on local news is to not allow your tank to run low because it overheats and kills fuel pumps. Cost of replacing a dead fuel pump far outweighs any gas savings of running around with tank way low looking for the best deal on gas.
3.
Comment by Gentlespirit - July 13, 2008, 12:40 pm
I'm sure, with the high cost of gas...a lot of people let their tanks run low. There must be a whole lot of overheated fuel pumps out there!!!

What is topping off???????????? Never heard that one before!!!
4.
TenajComment by Tenaj - July 13, 2008, 4:11 pm
Topping off is when you continue to pump gas into the tank when the nozzle clicks off the first time indicating full when you are filling up. I did it almost every time when I use to fill my tank. Didn't know the gas wasn't really going into my tank but evaporating or stuck in the hose.

If you've picked up a nozzle and gas spilled out before you can pump - probably somebody before you topped off their tank.
5.
justxploringComment by justxploring - July 14, 2008, 12:10 am
One of the hardest things to do when it's 95 degrees outside is to turn off the engine when you're waiting for someone! Opening up the windows might help a little, but it's better to use your air conditioner if you are driving at high speeds, like on the highway. Wind blowing through your car at highway speeds actually uses up more gas because of aerodynamic drag. I know using the AC uses fuel, but I can't function without it. So the key is to open all 4 windows for the first few minutes to get the hottest air out and to turn on the AC after you get moving. It will also keep the AC motor from working too hard when the car is steaming hot.

6.
Comment by scorpio - July 19, 2008, 7:09 pm
at the local citgo here,the hose nozzle doesn't fit over gas tank lip,so i guess we top off all the time?

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