Combining errands into one trip saves time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm
We all know a roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent. Reduce aerodynamic drag and improve your fuel economy by placing items inside the vehicle whenever possible.
Remember science class? When it’s colder, gasoline molecular structure will condense. You are paying for volume, not weight. You actually get more fuel for the same price in the early morning than in late afternoon. It’s a negligible amount, yes, but every drop counts these days, don’t they?
It’s not always cheaper to buy that 2nd car just to get better gas mileage. Remember to factor in the additional cost of insurance, maintenance and depreciation. Trading in your older vehicle to purchase a newer, higher gas mileage vehicle may seem like a wise decision, but before you do, check out the gas mileage chart on the bottom of our home page. Most people don’t realize that there is a declining benefit to high gas mileage vehicles (see our MPG Chart) .