Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tips to save on gasoline

Take these tips to save on gasoline | Tulsa World: "The national average last week was hovering above $3.40 a gallon for unleaded gasoline, 8 cents higher than a year earlier. Americans are likely to spend a record amount for gas in 2012, experts say. Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service estimates that consumers will spend about $483 billion on fuel this year, eclipsing last year's record of $471 billion. And that's even as Americans use less gas by taking shorter trips or driving more fuel-efficient cars. The Energy Department estimates that gas prices will average $3.64 a gallon this year after averaging a record $3.53 a gallon in 2011. . . two ways you can cut your gas tab, at least a little: Use less of it, and pay less for what you use. Experts recommend leaving behind what you don't need. An extra 100 pounds reduces fuel economy by up to 2 percent, according to the Energy Department. Also, don't leave your car idling - it can use up to a half gallon of fuel per hour. And slow down. Fuel economy gets worse quickly at speeds over 50 miles per hour. Each 5 mph over 50 is like paying an extra 24 cents per gallon, the Energy Department says. . . . "

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