Three Gas Savers

1) Try checking mileage with and without cruise control.

I have found that driving on a long trip in moderately hilly country without cruise control is better for fuel mileage. Allow the car to slow a little going up hills rather than insisting on maintaining a set speed as a cruise control will do.

2) Buy a new car with a standard transmission to save about $900. As a bonus, the acceleration and fuel mileage will be better. Shifting gears in the city is not difficult.

3) Slow earlier for anticipated stops. Red lights can often be anticipated on a known route. This not only saves fuel but brake linings too.

Author: 
Walt D.
Fullerton, CA
06/2005
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