In Your Car - Lose Some Weight

Many of us can stand to lose a few pounds, but your car can save you money if you lighten the load.

The Federal Trade Commission says for every extra hundred pounds you carry around in your car, you’ll reduce your gas mileage by 2%.

Do you need the third row seat all the time? Take it out until you need it. You'll see your gas mileage go up the next time you fill your tank.

Golf clubs, kid's toys, sports equipment, the extra saddle for your horse, garbage... every pound makes the difference in gas mileage. Lose the things you aren't using.

Other things you can lose to help your gas mileage:

Remove ski, bicycle, or luggage racks from your roof. They cause air drag.

And, speaking of drag:
Keep the tires inflated properly. This one is simple and a potential lifesaver. Underinflated tires waste fuel and wear out the tire tread.

Do not rest your left foot on the brake. The slightest pressure can cause drag that will use gas (and wear out the brakes).

Take a look at your tires. Are they "man tires", built for mudding? Deep tread and big tires use more fuel.


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