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How Motorists Can Save Fuel – NBC Los Angeles

Gas prices hit all-time highs in California this week, with prices per gallon soaring nearly $ 6 in some areas.

The nationwide average price for a gallon of normal has risen steadily to $ 4.68 in the past few weeks. At a station in the Mid Wilshire District of Los Angeles on Monday, a regular US dollar gallon was $ 5.99. A gallon of premium gas at the station was $ 6.59.

So what does a frugal driver have to do with vacation travel time on the road? Here are some tips from AAA, including car maintenance advice and fuel efficient driving habits, to help improve your car’s fuel economy.

Start by checking your car’s tires

Drivers should do this regularly anyway – after all, tires are what connects us to the road. Aside from making sense in terms of safety, properly inflated tires can help save fuel. A low tire increases fuel consumption. Check the inside of your car’s door panel to find the correct PSI. Modern cars usually have a PSI in the lower 30 range.

Avoid the restaurant’s drive-thru line

The fast food drive-thru might sound quick and easy, but you’re burning fuel while you wait. If your car is parked for more than 60 seconds, stop the engine, recommends AAA. Many new cars are equipped with an automatic start-stop that does the work for you.

Not so fast. It’s a big drag

Again, safety should be motivation enough to travel at reasonable speeds. But it can also help to save fuel. On freeways, aerodynamic drag causes fuel economy to drop as speed goes above 50 mph, says AAA.

The race for fuel savings wins smoothly and steadily

Think calmly and calmly at the traffic light. Unless you’re on a Formula 1 grid, accelerating hard on the green is a bad idea, especially for fuel economy reasons. Thanks to the gentle acceleration, an automatic transmission can upshift earlier, lower the engine speed and save fuel. If you have a manual transmission, shift up as quickly as possible without “dragging” the engine.

Makes it easy when you stop

There is no need to rush and wait, so AAA recommends taking your foot off the gas early and slowly and safely coasting the car to a slower speed until it is time to brake for a stop sign or traffic light.

Cruising will help prevent bruising on the pump

Using cruise control will help you maintain a constant speed rather than slowing down and accelerating regularly on the freeway. Just don’t use it on slippery roads.

Stow the roof rack

Try to limit the use of roof racks and other carriers. On the motorway, an empty bike, canoe or ski rack can affect fuel consumption.

Cool it down without the air conditioner

According to the AAA, it is best to minimize the use of air conditioning. Even at motorway speeds, open windows have less of an impact on fuel consumption than the engine power required to run the air conditioning compressor.

Stop stumbling

Try to pack as many home errands into one trip as you can, rather than making multiple trips. All the driving around is a waste of gasoline.

Premium vs. normal gas

The above recommendations are all motorists can do on the road, but one thing is recommended by AAA on the fuel pump. The agency says their research shows it offers no added benefit over che -er regular fuel unless your vehicle’s manufacturer specifically recommends more expensive premium fuel. So check your car’s manual or the inside of the fuel filler c -.

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