7 ways to save gas
How you drive and maintain your car can make a difference in how much gas you use. Here's what you can do get more miles from every gallon:
- Slow down. Drive 55 miles per hour instead of 65 m.p.h. and the EPA estimates you'll use 10% to 15% less fuel.
- Accelerate smoothly and brake softly. Take your foot off the gas and allow the car to coast up toward red lights rather than racing towards them and slamming on the brakes.
- Turn the engine off anytime you're parked and waiting more than 30 seconds.
- Keep tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance and increase fuel usage by 3% to 4%.
- Maintain a constant speed. Use cruise control whenever possible on the highway.
- Don't tie luggage on the roof rack. The additional drag can reduce fuel economy by as much as 5%.
- Consider buying a small, fuel-efficient car. The three we recommend -- Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa -- offer surprising comfort and performance.