Driving and Car Maintenance Checklist:
Transportation accounts for 66% of U.S. oil use mainly in the form of gasoline. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve gas mileage.
• Idling gets you 0 miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.
• Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas mileage 33% and city mileage 5%. Plus it puts additional strain on your transmission.
• Avoid high speeds. Above 60 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly. The fueleconomy.gov Web site shows how driving speed affects gas mileage. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.shtml
• When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces wear. Keeping your automatic transmission fluid at it's full level is more important than ever. Check your transmission fluid level.
• Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.
* Use air conditioning only when necessary.
• Clear out your car; extra weight decreases gas mileage.
• Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to buy a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%.
• Check into telecommuting, carpooling and public transit to cut mileage and car maintenance costs.
• Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
Car Maintenance Tips
• Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your car's manufacturer. Using a different motor oil can lower your gasoline mileage by 1%-2%.
• Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3.3%.
• Replace clogged air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 10% and protect your engine.
• Long-Term Savings Tip:
Consider buying a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. A fuel-efficient vehicle, a hybrid vehicle, or an alternative fuel vehicle could save you a lot at the gas pump and help the environment.
See the Fuel Economy Guide for more on buying a new fuel-efficient car or truck.
The majority of this information has come from the web site of http://www.fueleconomy.gov Dr Trans thanks them for the information and hopes that this information is useful to you.