How to make your gas last longer.

How to make your gas last longer.

Gas prices are sky-rocketing and with Memorial Day right around the corner, we know you don’t want to miss the annual family picnic at Aunt Genie’s! (Or something like that). So we’ve decided to give you a few pointers on how to reduce the amount of gas you use when traveling, especially now, because every bit counts!

Note: Tips courtesty of EERE.

1. Drive efficiently. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.

2. Quell your need for speed. Though speeding may be faster, it wreaks havoc on your tank (and is dangerous). Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. And you can assume that for each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph it’s like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.

3. Clean out your car. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent.

4. Use cruise control. Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

5. Avoid idling if you don’t have to. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.