March 31, 2011 7:45 am
RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011-With gas prices reaching an average of $3.51 per gallon nationwide for regular unleaded fuel, TrueCar.com-an authority on new car pricing, trends and forecasting-offers the following tips to help motorists save money on gas.
"Changing your driving behavior will make the single biggest difference in how much fuel you can save," explains Jesse Toprak, vice president of Industry Trends and Insights at TrueCar.com. "Worn spark plugs, clogged air filters and under-inflated tires also help decrease your fuel economy."
Some of the consumer-friendly money saving gas tips include:
Drive smoother: Aggressive driving has an impact on how much fuel you consume. When driving, pushing the gas pedal hard or slamming the brakes will lower your average fuel economy. Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent around town.
Slow down: Most vehicles get the most amount of fuel efficiency when driving between 45 and 55 miles per hour. The Department of Energy (DOE) figures that for every five miles you drive going in excess of 60 mph, you could lose somewhere between 7-23 percent of fuel efficiency.
Reduce idling: Turn off your engine if you're waiting for more than 20 seconds. Idling wastes more gas than turning off your engine and restarting it.
Use premium fuel only when needed: Regular unleaded fuel won't hurt most vehicles even if premium unleaded fuel is required. Unless your engine starts to knock or ping when using a lower-grade fuel, stick to regular.
Shop for gas: A variety of web sites are available to help you locate the cheapest gas in your area, and certain GPS devices can help you search for the lowest gas price, saving you the hassle of burning more fuel while looking for best option.
Purchase a fuel-efficient car: Buying a new car that is more fuel efficient, such as a hybrid or diesel vehicle, makes good financial sense as gas prices continue to rise.
For more information, visit www.truecar.com.
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