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  •  Also- alignment (2+ / 0-)
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    xysea, suspiciousmind

    This is generally overlooked, but if your car has any type of alignment issues you are creating drag.

    Don't circle around endlessly looking for parking. That low speed dawdling and stop and go wastes a lot of gas. Just park at the first open spot you come across. A little walking is good for us anyways!

    Also- what you learned in Driver's Ed about the "lead foot driver" is totally wrong. When you are going up hill- let the car slow down. Don't accelerate uphill. That's a serious gas hit. When you are going down hill, don't step on the brakes. Let the car coast and gather as much momentum as it is safe to do so. Just imagine you are riding a bicycle. When you go downhill you gather all the momentum you can, so you have a little bit of headway when you hit the uphill again. Same thing with your car.

    •  And when coasting down the hills.... (1+ / 0-)
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      icemilkcoffee

      ....lift your foot completely off the gas pedal.

      While coasting, in gear, with your foot off the gas, modern fuel injected systems use exactly zero fuel....infinite MPG!

      If you teach yourself to do this and you have plenty of hills in your area, you can easily add ten percent or more to your mpg.

      .......or die tryin'!!!

      by suspiciousmind on Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 11:06:27 AM PDT

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      •  If I was designing cars (1+ / 0-)
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        suspiciousmind

        I would put in a 'free coast' button on the steering wheel, which would allow you to open the throttle wide-open (ie. no engine braking at all) without any fuel being injected. That way you can coast down a moderate slope without using any gas.

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