UNMC LiveGreen: Trip tips for great mileage

July 02, 2013

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Spending summer in the car? Here are some tips from the EPA to get the best possible mileage from your vehicle.

Drive efficiently

  • Rapid acceleration and braking can reduce your gas mileage by 33 percent.
  • Follow the speed limit; each five miles per hour over the limit reduces fuel economy.
  • Avoid excess idling; turn off the car when waiting.
  • Use cruise control and overdrive gears for highway driving.

Keep your car in good condition

  • Keep your engine tuned.
  • Check your tire pressure once a week and keep tires properly inflated.
  • Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your car's manufacturer.
  • Check your gas cap; gas can vaporize if it doesn't fit tightly.
  • Remove excess weight - don't keep unnecessary or heavy items in your car.
  • Items on the roof rack add aerodynamic drag, reducing fuel economy.

Plan your trips

  • Stagger your work hours to avoid rush hour.
  • Carpool or use public transit.
  • Combine trips and plan an efficient route.

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