If you have a car ride ahead of you this holiday season keep the following gas saving driving tips in mind:
Avoid quick starts and aggressive driving. A smooth, steady speed saves gasoline and reduces wear and tear on the engine, tires, transmission and brakes.
Slow down! Fuel economy decreases about 1% for each mph over 55. Driving 65 mph vs. 55 miles mph, for example, consumes about 10% more fuel.
Use overdrive and cruise control. Overdrive gears slow engine speeds, saving gasoline and reducing wear. By helping to maintain a constant speed, cruise control reduces gasoline consumption. Use both features only when safe and appropriate.
Combine trips when possible. Your engine runs more efficiently once it's warmed up, so consolidate your errands into one trip vs. making multiple short trips. Stop-and-go driving also burns more gasoline. Avoid driving during rush hour whenever you can.
Reduce drag. Improperly inflated tires can reduce fuel economy by 3% and make handling more difficult. Remove roof racks, tow-hook carriers, and other items from your vehicle that cause wind resistance.
Avoid unnecessary idling. In addition to contributing to engine wear and tear and air pollution, consider that when your vehicle is idling, you are getting 0 miles per gallon of gasoline you use.