The Car Care Council advises five basic ways to save money on fuel – without trading in your vehicle for a smaller one:

1. Change your driving style – Going 10 miles over the speed limit and braking quickly is harder on your engine, hurting overall fuel economy. Scaling back speed by just 5 mph improves overall fuel economy.

2. Use the correct grade of fuel – Use the lowest octane rating you can get away with, so long as your vehicle doesn’t “knock.” Premium grade gas just means higher octane level. Higher octane fuels contain ingredients that keep fuel from igniting under higher pressures, causing “knocking.” So if you can use a lower grade fuel without any adverse effects, you could save as much as $1 per gallon just by identifying the right octane level.

3. Lose weight – Empty your trunk of unnecessary cargo. Logically, the more weight your engine has to carry, the more fuel it burns. Keep your interior free of unnecessary “baggage” and you could improve fuel economy of 2 to 5 mpg on average, depending on the type of vehicle you drive.

4. Keep up with maintenance – Simple oil changes on schedule, keeping oxygen sensors clean and functioning well, and having other factory-recommended services done on time means your vehicle’s fuel usage will stay as close to the promised manufacturer’s mileage as possible.

5. Keep an eye on tires – Under-inflated tires mean it takes more effort to roll down the road. Also, check for uneven wear – that usually means something needs alignment on your suspension system that’s causing tires to not roll straight. That, in turn, requires your engine to work harder than it should to keep the vehicle straight on the road. Also, make sure the type of tires you have are really what you need. For example, large trucks don’t necessary need 7-ply, all-terrain tires. Low-rolling resistance tires can add 1-2 mpg of fuel efficiency.

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