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IMPROVING GAS MILEAGE – Facts and Fictions Number One

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Reducing the number of miles that we must drive is not much of an option for most of us.  So with Houston gas prices nearing $4.00 per gallon, getting more miles from every gallon of gas is more important than ever.   This is especially true at this time of year when we face family car trips and vacations. 

In this month’s messages we will share some driving tips to improve gas mileage and also help dispel some things we may have heard about gas mileage that are not so true.

 Speed Kills – Mileage

We know that excess speed is dangerous and can indeed be a “killer” but speed is also a mileage killer.  Consumer Reports Magazine recently tested the impact that speed has on gas mileage and found that in an assortment of popular family cars the drop in fuel economy from average speeds of 55 mph to 65 mph ranged from 4 to 8 miles per gallon (mpg).  When the average speeds went from 65 to 75 mph, the fuel efficiency dropped another 5 to 7 mpg.  So maintaining speeds below 65 mpg improves mileage in a measurable way.

Speed Maintenance Works

                Yes, simply maintaining a constant speed in highway driving is another way to improve gas mileage.  Speed control devices (cruse control) are both a convenience and a convenient way to maintain a constant speed and thereby improve gas mileage.  When in direct control don’t “pump” the accelerator pedal and be gentle and even with your acceleration.  Steady on the throttle will improve your miles per gallon.

New is Not Necessary

                Although manufacturers are always trying to improve the fuel efficiency of their automobiles, it is not necessary to have a new vehicle just to achieve better mileage.  We have a number of excellent pre-owned vehicles with EPA mileage ratings of 31 to 34 average miles per gallon which will make excellent choices for family vacations and everyday use.  If a new vehicle is in your budget, we have some of those available for you as well.

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