Gas Prices are always an area of concern, but did you know that the way you drive is a huge factor in how much you are actually spending on gas?  I found some really great tips on how to save some money at fueleconomy.gov and I thought I would share.  I definitely could use the money I can save on gas on some more important things (like buying a new car).    


  1. Drive Sensibly.  Did you know that aggressive driving wastes gas.  Speeding up and then all of a sudden slamming on your brakes not only wears and tears on your car but it wastes some major gas.  It can lower your gas mileage by up to 33%!  Give yourself plenty of time to get to your location so you are not in a rush.    

  2. Drive Slower. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60mph.  For every 5 miles you go over 60 it is basically like paying an additional $.24 in gas! WOW! 

  3. Remove Excess Weight.  So I know most of us basically live out of our cars but did you know that an extra 100 pounds could reduce your gas mileage by up to 2 percent!  So….maybe you should clean out your car once in awhile and get rid of some of that excess baggage.  If removing excess weight means throwing annoying friends out of the car-then do it (make sure the car is in park). 

  4. Avoid Excessive Idling.  Your car is on but you are going nowhere.  Is that necessary? Idling gets zero miles per gallon (obviously). 

  5. Use Cruise Control.  Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and helps you save gas. 

  6. Use Overdrive Gears. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.  The only time you shouldn’t use Overdrive is when you are towing something or encountering steep hills.  Overdrive allows the engine to operate at a lower rpm for a given road speed. This allows the vehicle to achieve better fuel efficiency, and often quieter operation on the highway.
  After knowing this information I hope everyone will drive a little safer and use a little less gas.  If only we didn’t live in Michigan… we could ride our bikes everywhere!

Hello! I'm Anne and I work in Marketing at ELGA Credit Union. I've worked here at ELGA since July 2005. I've worked in a variety of positions including teller, call center agent, Member Services, and now Marketing. I graduated from U of M Flint in 2007 with my BBA with a concentration in Marketing. GO BLUE! I'm passionate about helping others achieve financial harmony and I love being involved in the Flint Community.

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One Comment

  1. Malori

    January 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Great Tips Anne! I always notice a big difference in gas milage when I drive less aggressively…

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