Think high gas mileage if buying a new vehicle.
Check out the Department of Energy Web site (www.fueleconomy.com)
and the ACEEE Web site (www.greenercars.com) for more information
on fuel-efficient vehicles.
Keep your car properly tuned up and change
your air filter.
Properly inflate tires. Underinflated tires
can increase fuel consumption by 6 percent, according to
the AAA (www.aaa.com).
Drive a little slower for each mph
you drive less than 65, you save about 2 percent in gasoline
If your vehicle has an overdrive gear, use
it. Overdrive gears reduce your engine´s speed and
decrease fuel consumption and engine wear.
Use cruise control on highway trips to help
reduce fuel consumption.
Pack lightly when traveling and avoid carrying
items on the vehicle´s roof.
Avoid jack-rabbit starts: Accelerate slowly
when starting from a dead stop.
If you own more than one vehicle, drive
the one that gets the best gas mileage whenever possible.
Combine your errands into one trip to save
If possible, take advantage of carpools
and public transportation.
When renting a vehicle, make sure you refuel
it prior to returning it to the rental company, or you may
get hit with $4- to $5-a-gallon charges. Several places
are now charging a refueling surcharge for vehicles returned
without the same amount of gas in the tank as when rented