• When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
  • Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines
  • Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
  • Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.


  • Planning a road trip?  We recommend BellHop.com Road Trip Planner.  They will calculate fuel costs and also have some great special deals on lodging.

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