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2. Pump up your tyres. Under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and so use more fuel. Go to your local gasoline station, and use their pump – it is normally free.
3. Lose weight. Every extra 100 lb will increase your gas consumption by an average of 2 per cent, according to www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas So keep all your golf clubs – or anything else littering your trunk – at home.
4. Streamline. Roof racks and bicycle carriers create extra wind resistance and so increase fuel consumption. If you do not need it, take it off.
5. Turn off the air-conditioning. It increases your gasoline consumption by as much as 10 per cent – so if it is only mildly warm, put the fans on or wind down your window. That said, if you are travelling over 60 mph having the window down increases drag which increases your fuel consumption – so air conditioning would be better.
6. Stick to the limits. The faster you go, the more gas you use. Driving at 70mph uses up to 9 per cent more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15 per cent more than at 50mph, according to the Department of Transport.
7. Change your oil. Clean oil reduces the wear caused by friction of moving engine parts, helping to improve fuel consumption. You should change the oil in a gasoline car once a year or every 7,500 miles. For a diesel engine it is recommended you change the oil every 6 months or 3,000 miles.
8. Drive Smoothly. Acceleration and deceleration is what uses most gas – so try to slow down gradually at lights, avoid heavy braking and try not to rev too much.
9. Avoid rough surfaces. Gravel or heavy dirt surfaces can increase your gas/diesel consumption by up to 30 per cent – not to mention the affect on your paintwork. If there is a route involving smooth blacktop, even if it is slightly longer, then take that.10. Rather obviously… use your car less. Combine short trips – such as buying the groceries, dropping-off the recycling, or collecting the kids – rather than making multiple short trips.
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