Smart Driving

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Tuesday, June 05 2007 Jun 5, 2007 Tuesday, June 05, 2007 9:22:56 PM CDT June 05, 2007 in News

When your car has a problem, the first place you want to look is under the hood, but that won't help this issue.

"Under the hood there's not a lot you can do as a consumer," Automotive Specialist Owner Brice Cottle said.

The major headache now is gas, and how to get the most out of filling up.

Cottle says he gets questions all the time on how to save gas and he has a long list of answers going from front to back.

"The person's driving habits are what's going to save the most fuel or waste the most fuel," he said.

But what about the tires?

"Keep the tires inflated to the recommended [pressure] on the door, that's another good way to keep gas milage at its highest," Cottle said.

And the gas?

"Putting gas in the vehicle, that's another good subject. You don't want to overfill the tank," he said. "Make sure the fuel cap is on and in good condition and is on tightly, there is usually a click now-a-days."

And all the way in back?

"Spare tires are obviously good but spare clothes add up weight, causing you to burn more fuel," he said.

Cottle doesn't stop on the outside though. He says little things like rolling your windows up on the highway and using cruise control even for short distances helps keep the gas in your car and the money in your wallet.

"It's going to maintain a constant speed. It's going to keep you from accelerating constantly," he said.

Cottle says another gas guzzler we don't think about is the drive through line.

"Excessive idling in the fast food lines are going to waste fuel. Maybe we ought to park and go in and get it."

Some car owners are looking to E-85 gas to save a penny or two but Cottle says they are losing a mile or ten.

"The E-85 doesn't run as good, my car didn't perform as well," he said. "I don't use it."

If you plan on traveling this summer limit what you take. Studies show an extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a car's fuel economy by one to two percent.

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