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1996 Edition, 1996

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Gasoline Questions & Answers for Your Car

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  • Revision: 1996 Edition, 1996
  • Published Date: January 1996
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  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Page Count: 16
  • ANSI Approved: No
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Fuel Saving Tips

• Have your car tuned regularly--A simple engine tune-up can improve car fuel economy by an average of 1 mile per gallon.

• Keep your tires properly inflated--Underinflated tires can decrease fuel economy by up to 1 mile per gallon.

• Slow down--The 'faster you drive, the more gasoline your car uses. Driving at 65 miles per hour rather than 55 miles per hour reduces fuel economy by about 2 miles per gallon.

• Avoid jackrabbit starts--Abrupt starts require about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.

• Pace your driving--Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns, and stops can decrease fuel economy by up to 2 miles per gallon. Stay alert and drive steadily, not erratically. Keep a reasonable, safe distance from the car ahead of you and anticipate traffic conditions.

• Use your air conditioner sparingly--The use of air conditioning can reduce fuel economy by as much as 2 miles per gallon under certain speeds and operating conditions.

• Avoid lengthy engine idzing--Turn your engine off when you are delayed for more than a couple of minutes.

• Plan your trips carefully---Combine short trips and avoid traveling during rush hours to reduce fuel-consuming patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idle periods. Consider joining a car pool.

• Drive only when you need to--Don't drive needlessly.