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On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 9:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

Get More Fuel Economy From Your Car

With gas prices in constant fluctuation, we'd all love to own an all electric vehicle or high-mpg hybrid. In theory. In reality, electric cars don't travel all that far. And only a limited number of models, mostly small and mid-sized, have hybrid options. Plus, you probably already have a traditional gas powered car and may not have the money to replace it.

While buying the latest, most efficient car isn't always an option, there are many small things you can do to increase the efficiency of the car that you have. A new video from Yokohama Tires takes us through a few.

While the video is expectedly self-serving, helping Yokohama advertise its low rolling resistance tires, it's also a helpful piece. And most of what Mark Chung, Yokohama’s director of corporate strategy and planning, suggests has nothing to do with buying new tires--or spending money at all.

One of the simplest ways to increase your fuel economy is removing unnecessary weight from your car. Sure it's easy to leave your tool box, sports equipment, box of junk, etc. on your passenger seat or in the trunk, but one of the most basic rules of fuel economy is less weight = more mpgs. So keep your car clean and neat, even if it means a little more elbow grease.

Another simple method is to check and regulate your tire pressure. Check your tires before you drive anywhere, while they're cold, and inflate them as needed. Keep a pressure gauge in your car and check the tires every few weeks. This will not only help with fuel economy but will prevent premature wear.

Yokohama's video channel offers a variety of handy tire tips, so check them out if you have any concerns or questions. We could all stand to learn a little bit more about simple car maintenance.



Stephy21 | 10:08AM (Fri, Nov 25, 2011)

Great article, it made really good points on how to save gas and i really liked the video.

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