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Have you seen gas prices lately? They’re on the rise. At a national average of over $3.75 per gallon of regular unleaded, many of us are looking for ways to lower that expense. We have a few tips on how to lower your gas consumption and relieve some of the pressure on your wallet:

  1. Slow down. Engines consume more fuel at higher speeds.
  2. Drive with low RPMs (revolutions per minute). Try to keep it below 2000 RPM. Higher RPMs guzzle more gas.
  3. Don’t warm up your engine. It’s not necessary.
  4. Combine many short trips into one. Short distances require more fuel.
  5. Change the way you drive. Let go of that Jersey road rage, and accelerate and use the breaks as infrequently and gently as possible. Roll whenever possible!
  6. Keep your tiles properly inflated.
  7. Take off your roof rack.
  8. Check your air filter. A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.
  9. Make sure your tires are properly aligned.
  10. Get a tune-up. A well-tuned engine can save you up to 4% in fuel efficiency.
  11. Make sure your gas cap is shut and tight. It’s been estimated that nearly 17% of cars on the road have broken or missing gas caps. These escaping fumes are bad for air quality and also hurt your fuel economy.
  12. Don’t idle. Besides causing pollution, idling wastes gas. If stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine.
  13. And of course, contact the GMTMA! You can cut the cost of your commute by carpooling, vanpooling, riding transit, walking, or bicycling. Greater Mercer TMA can help you plan a new way to work. Visit our commtuter pageemail us, or call (609) 452-1491.

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