10 Quick Tips to Use Less Gas

Save money and reduce your car’s contribution to global warming.

| January/February 2009


Gas prices may be erratic, but that's no reason for you to use more gas than you need.

1. EASE UP. Driving the speed limit can increase your gas mileage by up to 23 percent.

2. TAKE THE SHORTCUT. Before traveling cross-country or even in your own neighborhood, find the quickest route (and cheapest local gas prices) at MapQuest or Google Maps.

3. STAY OUT OF JAMS. Stop-and-go traffic burns fuel fast. Learn about traffic delays and scheduled road construction ahead of time by clicking “Driving Directions” at www.randmcnally.com

4. LIGHTEN UP. That charming flea-market furniture you’ve been hauling in your trunk for weeks is a real gas-waster. An extra 100 pounds makes each gallon of gas worth up to 7 cents more.

5. KEEP YOUR TIRES INFLATED. Proper inflation could increase gas mileage by 3 percent. That’s worth about 10 cents per gallon, plus it’s safer and better for your tires.

6. CHOOSE THE RIGHT OIL. Use your car manufacturer’s recommended grade for a 2 percent reduction in fuel use.

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