Time was you could roll into a gas station; ask for a dollar’s worth of gas and roll out with three gallons of premium in the tank of your ’65 GTO ready to go incite mayhem all up and down the highway. These days, a dollar’s worth of gas is like ¼ of a gallon of regular (if that much). Times have changed, gas is a lot more expensive, and many people today look at how many miles per gallon the car gets before they look at the horsepower and torque figures for the engine.
While reducing the expense of driving is reason enough to want to improve the fuel economy of your automobile, the other side of it is the more fuel you burn the greater the harm you wreak upon the environment. The freedom of the open road ain’t exactly free y’all. Incidences of asthma are higher than they’ve ever been in most major cities, and while those wonderfully golden sunsets we’re getting now are especially beautiful, the fact remains the wondrous colors we’re seeing are occurring because the sunlight is being refracted through particulates suspended in the atmosphere from all those hydrocarbon emissions.
With that in mind, according the experts at the U.S. Department of Energy, there are a number of steps every driver can take to get better gas mileage.
1. Choose The Most Efficient Vehicle For Your Needs
2. Keep Your Car In Good Shape
3. Buy Your Fuel More Intelligently
4. Plan And Combine Your Trips
5. Drive More Efficiently
6. Keep Track Of Your Fuel Consumption