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Gas Mileage Tips - Avoid These Common Bad Driving Habits

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Keeping your vehicle in right condition is important. A part of keeping your vehicle in right condition lies in driving it well or as they say "handling" it well! Here are some easy and practical tips that you can follow in your everyday driving and before you know, the mileage of your vehicle will boost.

An increase your vehicle's speed by one mile after 55mph will decrease your gas mileage by 1%. 20 mph above 55 mph would actually reduce your mileage by 20% as per the California Energy Commission.

Cruise control gives you constant speed. Constant speed saves gas consumption. So use cruise control. If your driving does not include frequent lane switching or you do not come across people crossing roads too often, then opt for cruise control.

Road rage, aggressive driving, distracted driving all have adverse effect on your gas mileage. According to the US Dept. of Energy, "Aggressive driving" (speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town". The benefit of driving slower is not just getting better mileage but it also reduces driving stress drastically. No speeding tickets or shouting at a slow driver.

Avoid resting your foot on the clutch or on the brake continuously. This wears off the mechanical parts of the vehicle prematurely. Remember that accelerating from zero to thirty five will consume more gas than maintaining a speed of 35mph. Statistics indicates that it takes more gas to accelerate from dead stop than if the vehicle were already in motion.

Next is improving the aerodynamics of the car. Keep the windows up, don't let snow or ice build up on the windows or on the bonnet of your car. This causes air drag and resistance for your car which make the engine work harder and consume more gas.

Avoid idling. It is a myth that keeping the engine running will consume more gas than idling. On an average, up to one gallon of gas is wasted in unproductive idling.

Keeping your tank full is also a good idea. Contamination and water condensation takes place within the tank if the tank is not full. However stop filling up the tank at pump auto stops. Warmer weather often causes the gas to overflow from a full tank which one must avoid.

Try and get into higher gears and reach the optimum speed as soon as possible. This is economical for your car. So as you can note automatic vehicles give lower mileage than the mechanical ones.

Avoid carrying extra weight in your vehicles' boot. Take off the luggage from the back of your car and improve its aerodynamics.

Keep track of the amount of the gas consumed by your vehicle. Any sudden change must be noted and taken action of.

Keep the above in mind, keep an eye on the owner's manual and follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. These steps will surely help you increase your car's mileage.

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