WHERE DOES IT END?
Gas prices have risen in the City of Chicago to almost $4.50 a gallon, making most cars fill-up costing over $65. According to ChicagoGasPrices.com ,the average gallon of regular unleaded cost $3.62 last May and $2.88 last October. Now the average gallon of gas in Chicago cost over $4.11. Other hard hit areas are Southern IL, New York, Most of California and parts of Michigan. While some states stay rather cool in comparison like Arizona, Iowa, and Missouri. How are we supposed to take those all important summer vacations with prices this high? Here are a few tips from ChicagoGasPrices.com to help you get the most out of your gas tank:
|ChicagoGasPrices.com Top Ten Fuel Saving Tips|
|1||Avoid High Speeds||As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.|
|2||Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard||By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.|
|3||Keep Tires Properly Inflated||Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by
2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
|4||Use A/C Sparingly||When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position
on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.
|5||Keep Windows Closed||Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.|
|6||Service Vehicle Regularly||Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.|
|7||Use Cruise Control||Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.|
|8||Avoid Heavy Loads||Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.|
|9||Avoid Long Idles||If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.|
|10||Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle||When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will
provide you with great fuel economy.