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Although manufacturers have made tremendous fuel economy gains, and have improved overall performance, why waste money and natural resources when it's so simple to improve fuel economy? The efficiency of modern cars means that a single change won't bring about dramatic results, but a combination of small adjustments will noticeably improve fuel economy. Plus, it may help you get ready for the new international regulations about greenhouse gas emissions that should take effect in the next few years. Ultimately, we will pay more for gas, and all our current indifference to fuel economy may come to a screeching halt.... Check out the following twelve tips, then try a few that can be easily adapted to your driving and maintenance habits.
· Be a light foot: Smooth driving is an easy way to improve fuel economy. Hard starts and stops are wasteful. Look ahead and plan ahead: don't race up to a red light only to stop and wait for it to change.
· Keep a log: Track fuel economy changes so you have a means of comparison. Check your gas mileage every time you fill up. Note new techniques to see if they work. A consistent, year-round log is best because winter weather can lower fuel economy. A fuel economy log is a great way to keep track of maintenance schedules. If you notice that mileage figures are falling, it's probably time for a tune-up.