Cut Your Gas Costs
How to ease your pain at the pump.
Slow DownWhen it comes to putting a cap on gas guzzling, how you drive is almost as important as what you drive. Fuel economy suffers at speeds higher than 60 and drops like a stone above 70, says Chris Grundler of the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Adds Richard Beard, an associate professor at Utah State University who researches fuel efficiency, Slowing from 70 to 55 can increase your miles per gallon by 15 percent. Putting the brakes on jackrabbit starts (stomping on the gas after a red light) cuts use by 25 percent, says Grundler, and cruise control also saves fuel. Limit use of gas-chugging air conditioners and defrosters, and unload extra junk, since you lose one mile per gallon or more for each 300 pounds, notes Beard. Avoid idling, he advises: One minute of idle is almost equal to starting the car. Finally, leave the car lot with the best gas hoarder by consulting before you buy.
Next: In the Garage
Most Popular Galleries
“A quick reminder: If you live in an area that observes Daylight Saving time, it begins Sunday, March 9, at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to turn your clock forward one hour—and start enjoying that extra...”
Everyone agrees embarrassment can be excruciating. But is the emotion all bad? Discover its surprising upside—and learn how to get over it more easily—with this expert advice for kids and adults.
It may still be colder than a winter’s bone outside, but that doesn’t mean we’re...
from The Nest Blog » house & home
Genean Hixon, whose breakthrough treatment with penicillin at age 12 during Wor...
The allure of living in a sprawling prefab nestled on a scenic plot of land is u...
from POPSUGAR Home
Ottolenghi is a lucky man. Read more: Tastemakers , Ottolenghi ...
from Tastepartner on The Huffington Post
from HuffPost Home - The Huffington Post
Lets face it: Most of us are afraid of using pattern of any kind on large uphol...