Gas Saving Tips 2 - Use Less Gas And Save Money
by Doug Smith

You have probably heard theses gas saving tips from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and whoever taught you to drive. Yet very few people actually bother to implement them.

Why is that? Are people tired of hearing them? Have these gas saving tips been said so many times that people tune them out? Well, you are going to hear them again in this series of articles, along with the reasons why they DO work!

Gas Saving Tip #2: Drive the Speed Limit

Fuel economy is measured as miles traveled per gallon of gas. The EPA has determined that the maximum fuel economy occurs around 60 miles per hour (mph). This varies by make and model.

Driving faster than 60 mph uses more gas and decreases fuel economy. It is estimated that for every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an extra $0.20 per gallon of gas. Your fuel economy decreases by about 6% at 65 mph, 12% at 70 mph, and 18% at 75 mph.

If you drive 75 mph consistently, you are using and paying for approximately 18% more gas. Save gas by driving the speed limit. It's also safer.

Gas Saving Tip #3: Avoid Sudden Starts

Sudden starts are also called "jackrabbit" starts. If you've ever surprised a rabbit, you know how incredibly fast it can reach full speed from sitting still.

Impatient drivers often apply maximum acceleration when the light turns from red to green. But a car is not a jackrabbit. Applying maximum acceleration from a standing start may spin the wheels at maximum acceleration, but the car has too much mass to be accelerated so quickly.

When the gas pedal is floored in a jackrabbit start, the engine revs to full speed, and so do the tires. This results in squealing, smoking tires, and only a gradual pickup in speed. Meanwhile, the engine is using and wasting gas as if it was speeding down a drag strip.

Avoid wasting gas with quick starts. The same result can be achieved by gentle acceleration in only a little more time, and using lots less gasoline.

An added benefit of avoiding sudden starts is that there is less wear on your tires. Because tires are made from petroleum-based products, expect their prices to rise along with the price of oil.

As gas prices go higher, the need to save gas and save money on fuel is greater than ever. More gas saving tips can be found at the website below.

Doug Smith invites you to find more free information on Gas Lowest Price and other gas saving tips at .

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