March 11, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Agriculture and Industries, Department of

Ag Department Provides Tips for Conserving Fuel

PRESS RELEASE

 

Ag Department Provides Tips for Conserving Fuel  

 

MONTGOMERYThe Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries has released tips for conserving fuel as gasoline prices continue to rise.  The department does not set gas prices or the tax, but their inspectors regulate pumps at gas stations in Alabama to ensure that consumers are getting what they pay for.

 

“Gas prices typically get higher as summer nears, which can be very hard on families,” said Commissioner John McMillan.  “That is when many of them do a lot of traveling and also go on vacations.  While we can’t do much to resolve the unrest in the Middle East, there are some things we can do to help conserve gas.  I hope that these suggestions will help the public save money and possibly keep them safer as they travel, too.” 

 

Tips for getting better gas mileage:

 

Drive efficiently-

·         Observe the speed limit because gas mileage tends to decrease at speeds above 60 mph.

·         Don’t drive aggressively because speeding, rapid braking and acceleration waste gas.

·         Don’t idle for too long because idling equals 0 mpg.

·         Use cruise control to maintain a regular speed.

 

Maintain your vehicle-

·         Use the recommended octane level for your vehicle rather than spending more on higher levels your car may not need.

·         Remove excess weight in your vehicle because weighing more can reduce your mpg.

·         Keep your tires properly inflated and improve your mpg by up to 3.3%.

·         Keep your engine tuned and oil changed.

 

When commuting and traveling-

·         Don’t put cargo on the roof of your vehicle unless it is necessary because it creates aerodynamic drag reducing your fuel economy by up to 5%.

·         Keep your RPMs steady at 2,000 to see improved gas mileage. This includes a slow and steady acceleration below 2,000 RPMs.

·         Combine errands when you can because short trips with a cold engine can use twice as much fuel than a warm engine.

Tips adapted from www.fueleconomy.gov and http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt064.shtm.

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