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07.06.2011 / Save at the Pump. Tips for Driving More Efficiently.

As prices at the pump continue to rise, you may be looking for ways other than cutting back your driving to save on gas and money. Driving more efficiently is an easy way to achieve a better fuel economy.

"Another option to consider is purchasing a more fuel-efficient car."

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends the following tips:

  • Avoid aggressive driving. Rapid accelerating and braking wastes gas and can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent in the city.
  • Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph on average.  Typically for each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph you pay an additional $0.24 per gallon of gas.
  • Do not keep unnecessary and heavy items in your vehicle. An extra 100 pounds could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent.
  • Ensure your tires are properly inflated. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out how much air should be in your tires.
  • Use cruise control to maintain a constant speed. It will usually help you save gas since you are not accelerating and braking as often.
  • Use overgear drives so your car’s engine speed goes down, saving gas and reducing engine wear.

Another option to consider is purchasing a more fuel-efficient car. From upgrading to a hybrid vehicle or simply switching from an SUV to a compact car, buying a car with better fuel economy will no doubt save you money. FuelEconomy.gov  www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm

But before jumping into a new car purchase, you should consider your family’s transportation needs. Do you mainly use your car to commute to work? Or do you need to drive your children to after-school activities on a regular basis? There are fuel-efficient cars available for all types of lifestyles, and First National Bank offers vehicle financing to meet your needs and terms to fit your budget. To learn more, visit us online http://www.firstnational.com/001/html/en/personal/pers_products_serv/loan_accts/vehicle_loans.html> or contact us at 402-346-FNBO (3626).

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