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Some here might not be aware ot the little things you can do
to take a big bite out of your fuel bill each month.

Keep you tires FULLY inflated at all times. ( a big mpg killer)

NO short trips for one item unless you bicycle to the store.

Buy & use a bicycle for many of the short trips that you now
use you 2000 pound car to do. (Kinda nuts if you think about it)

Car pool work and soccer games (one>two persons per car is
wasteful. Filler up!)

Get to know your neighbors so that you can share more.

Keep you vehicles in top tune to avoid wasting fuel.

Fill your tank at the 1/2 mark to keep a supply to ride
over price spikes.

Plan to shop once a month for supplies to save fuel.

Buy your fuel mid week when prices drop on average.

Avoid as much stop and go as you can.

There are more ways if you really look at how you use your vehicles
for far to many folk's waste dollars driving willy nilly instead of planning.
 

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I would add drive the speed limit and use cruise control on the highway.

Take your time and make slow stops so that you're saving gas. And don't touch the gas going downhill!
 

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Sounds silly, but park so that you may pull out and avoid backing up, and then driving forward. Silly, I know, but every bit helps.
 

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Drive a stick! ;)
Actually no, this is no long as correct as it used to be.

The reason is that todays cars are computer controlled with shift points
at optimum rpm's for the engine in that vehicle. There is also better
gearing in todays automatics unlike the past.

Yes, much has improved & changed since the 1980's. I used to use a stick
100% of the time but todays auto's can out shift me!!!



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Actually no, this is no long as correct as it used to be.

The reason is that todays cars are computer controlled with shift points
at optimum rpm's for the engine in that vehicle. There is also better
gearing in todays automatics unlike the past.

Yes, much has improved & changed since the 1980's. I used to use a stick
100% of the time but todays auto's can out shift me!!!

:coffee:
Yes, today's technology is better, but for the most part this was true. However, you're still having to power the shifting mechanism, where a manual transmission is shifted, well, manually, of course.
 

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Yes, today's technology is better, but for the most part this was true. However, you're still having to power the shifting mechanism, where a manual transmission is shifted, well, manually, of course.
True only if you can match the computer for matching optimum engine
power at the shift points. The only advantage a stick has today is wheel
speed control on slippery roads and the stick is still king for winter driving
if used correctly.
 

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Take public transportation (the bus) it is only $3.00 per day in my city and you can ride all over the city all day for that amount with no parking fees.
 

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Also don't forget that AAA always has a list of tips you can do to help with gas mileage, on their website and in their VIA magazine that you get every 2 months if you are a member......I don't think you have to be a member to look around on the website though.

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I would agree that proper tire inflation and use cruise control when needed. I watched an episode of Mythbusters and the did a project simler to this. One of them did say I think that Curise control is worth it when needed.
 
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