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Fuel Tips For Your Car

If you're buying a new car, it's an obvious no brainer that a large SUV vs. a fuel efficient sports car is going to be less costly at the pump. Knowing how many miles per gallon you can get will save you a lot of cash. The difference between a car that gets 20 miles per gallon vs. one that gets 30 can save you $550 a year. ($2,200 in four years) That might make for a decent vacation. I'm sure you deserve one. Keep in mind similar compact cars can still have a wide range from 21 mpg to 48 mpg. Of course you want the highest number.

Tips that add up

Ok, so you have a small Toyota, or you're already stuck with a larger full size model/SUV, here are some additional ways to save everyday.

---Clean out your trunk! Don't carry around those golf clubs, or stroller. (I used to keep my real estate yard signs in my trunk) Store it in the garage. Removing excess weight from your vehicle can improve your gas mileage. In fact, carrying around an extra 100 lbs. of weight can cost you an additional 2 cents per gallon.

---Replace clogged air filters. This can save you approx. 10%. Your car's air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine. This is especially true if you drive in the city. Maintaining all the parts of your car are essential for increasing your gas mileage.

---SLOW DOWN! Try to pay attention to the speed you pick up while approaching a red light. We don't often consider it while on the phone, or day dreaming. The majority of drivers actually drive to the red light keeping up with the flow of traffic. (When it's red, roll) Why have a race to the light? The same applies in bumper to bumper traffic and a line at a stop sign. It's actually amazing how many people press on the gas pedal to move a few feet in traffic. It's hard to remember this, because we're set on auto pilot. I call this getting "Nowhere fast." The less contact with that pedal the better. It all adds up.

---Don't forget to keep your tires inflated to the right pressure. Under- inflated tires can lower your gas mileage.

--- Find a buddy. Not only can driving to work be a hassle, but it can be lonely too. So why not pair up with a fellow commuter and share the cost? A 40 mile total daily commute costs about $2,600 per year. Ridesharing with one other person can save you $1,300. Double the figure for an 80 mile total daily commute. It's something to think about even just a few days a week.

There are websites dedicated to gas prices. It may not be a bad idea to check for the cheapest gas stations.

About the Author
Cecilia Sherrard is a full time dedicated Realtor in Northeast Ohio. With years of experience and knowledge, she has maintained a multi-million dollar producer status. Servicing areas such as: Westlake, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Cleveland, Brook Park, Parma, etc. Visit her website at

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