"Getting More Miles per Gallon"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted By Jeff Edmondson

The cost of gasoline is slowly rising across the Northland. And while a new fuel efficient car seems like an attractive option, it may not be an affordable option.

In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson give us some tips on improving the fuel economy of your current car.

As spring is almost here and temperatures begin to rise, our cars will begin to run a little more efficiently, but your style of driving is the most important factor in determining how many miles per gallon you can achieve.

Sitting at stoplights for a long period of time can be a mpg killer; and if you want boost your fuel economy try planning your route to avoid stoplights.

The same thing goes if you're waiting for someone. Excessive idling is a terrible waste of fuel, turning off and back on the engine uses less fuel than idling for several minutes. But when you are ready to go, avoid those jack–rabbit starts.

"...taking off at a reduced rate, not hitting the gas pedal and going 90 miles an hour," said Darin Agenter. All Star Service Center Duluth.

Sticking to the posted speed limits is crucial to getting the best gas mileage in your car.

"And if you are going on a long road trip, don't forget to use that cruise control. It can drastically improve your fuel economy"
If you are one who watches their own fuel economy with each fill up and you want to squeeze a few more miles out of every drop of gas, try switching the type of oil you use.

"Something that you could consider is running a synthetic oil. Synthetics tend to have a better lubricity, which help with the vehicle starting and overall running," said Darin.

And by using the proper grade of oil, you can boost your fuel economy by 1 – 2 miles per gallon.
Finally, proper maintenance is the most important way to get better gas mileage. For the Northlands Newscenter, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

For several other tips to better your cars fuel economy visit www.fuelly.com