Frugal Transportation: Save on Gas with Good Habits

gaspumpBad driving habits can cost you dearly. Not only do they increase your chance of getting a ticket; they also decrease your fuel efficiency, forcing you to fill the tank more often.

Cultivate the following good habits, to maximize your miles-per-gallon and save money on gas:

* Lose the lead foot. Stick to the speed limit—fuel economy drops significantly at higher speeds.

* Drive at a constant speed. Quick acceleration and hard braking increase wear and tear on your car, and decrease fuel economy.

* Check your tire pressure. Keeping your tires properly inflated will extend their life, and improve your gas mileage.

* Lighten your load. The more junk in your trunk, the more gas it’ll take to get where you’re going.

* Change your air filter. When the filter is clogged, the engine must work harder, and fuel-efficiency is decreased.

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