Gas prices throughout much of the country have risen dramatically in recent times but AAA Hoosier Motor Club has several tips that can help Indiana motorists save money on fuel.

  • Change your motor oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Maintain recommended tire pressure. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires.
  • Check and replace air filters. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.
  • Don't use premium fuel if your car doesn't require it.
  • Make certain your gas cap fits properly.
  • Follow the recommended engine maintenance schedule in your owner's manual to ensure optimal engine performance and to conserve fuel.
  • Don't use your trunk for storage. A vehicle weighed down with heavy items can increase fuel consumption by 1 or 2 percent.
  • Travel light. A loaded roof rack can decrease fuel economy by 5 percent.
  • Avoid the practice of warming up your engine for prolonged periods of time before driving. Doing so unnecessarily wastes fuel.
  • Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
  • Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible.
  • Slow down. As you drive faster, aerodynamic drag increases. By driving 60 mph instead of 70 mph during your 20-mile highway commute, you'll save approximately 1.3 gallons of gas in a five-day work week.
  • Take advantage of cruise control features to help you maintain a constant speed when traveling on highways.
  • Use your overdrive gears during highway driving. This decreases your car's engine speed, reducing fuel consumption and engine wear.
  • Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag and can reduce gas mileage by 10 percent.
  • Don't start and stop your engine unless you need to. Idling for one minute consumes gas equivalent to the amount used to start an engine.
  • Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when a car is idling in a stopped position at a railroad crossing or at a long stop light. In these situations, a vehicle's gear should be in neutral.
  • Avoid "revving" the engine, especially just before turning it off. Doing so wastes fuel and wears out cylinders.
  • Run errands with a plan. Try to make one trip instead of three.
  • Take advantage of carpools or ride-share programs.
  • Shop around for the best price. Gas prices can vary tremendously. Use the AAA mobile app to find the cheapest gas prices in your area.

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