TULSA - If you're headed out of town for the Memorial Day weekend, or putting together your summer vacation plans, you'll need to budget for gas money.
We put together a list of tips to help you squeeze more distance out of a tank of gas.
Drive as if there’s an egg under your foot, gradually accelerating from stops. Darting forward from stops, slamming on the brakes and other sudden speed changes can rob up to a third of your gas mileage.
Don’t speed. Fuel consumption declines by 7 percent for every 5 mph over 60 mph. Each car has a different speed for maximum fuel economy, but it generally declines above 60 miles mph.
Keep your foot off the brake while accelerating. You’ll reduce your gas consumption by as much as 35 percent.
Inflate tires as recommended by owner’s manual. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency by nearly 3 percent.
Replace air filters as recommended by manufacturer. A dirty one can cut gas mileage by up to 10 percent.
Tune up. This can improve mileage by up to 4 percent.
Check your gas cap to make sure it’s secure and tightly sealed. Almost a fifth of cars -- 17 percent -- have missing or broken gas caps. Fixing this will improve efficiency by about 1 percent -- and will protect the environment from harmful fumes or spills.
Consolidate trips. Before you head out to the dry cleaners, check the fridge to see if you need more milk.
Get junk out of the trunk. Reducing excess weight.
Don’t automatically turn on the air conditioner in warm weather. When driving at city speeds, keep windows open to save energy. At highway speeds, turn on air conditioning; open windows create drag, reducing efficiency.
For more fuel-saving tips and locations in Tulsa and around the state with the least expensive gas prices check out our Gas page on KJRH.com.
Sources: AAA, American Petroleum Institute, Consumer Federation of America and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
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