How to Get Better Fuel Economy

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Getting better fuel economy is easy if you follow a few simple driving rules.
Getting better fuel economy is easy if you follow a few simple driving rules. See pictures of fuel-efficient
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With gasoline prices continuing their wild fluctuations, many consumers are demanding more fuel-efficient cars and trucks. Automakers have responded by offering gas-sipping subcompact cars and gas-electric hybrid vehicles. But what are consumers to do when they have four years of payments left on a gas-hogging, V8-powered SUV?

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Surprisingly, there are a number of ways that new or used vehicle owners can improve overall fuel economy by as much as 20 percent. For a vehicle that averages 18 miles per gallon, that's an improvement of almost 4 mpg and an annual fuel savings of $400 or more. Consumer Guide's® fuel economy improvement tips don't just apply to vehicles that use the most gas. Even if you have a fuel-efficient vehicle, you can still use these guidelines to get more mileage between fill-ups, thereby keeping more money in your pocket.

The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide® recommend a comprehensive approach in order to achieve the greatest fuel economy savings. Don't let that "c" word scare you. Not only are our tips easy to follow, you'll see results almost immediately. In this article, we'll cover:

  • How to Improve Your Fuel Economy
    We'll show you a comprehensive set of driving tips that will help you improve your vehicle's fuel economy. These tips are easy to follow, and you should realize a near-immediate improvement in fuel economy. We recommend a three-step approach: Alter your driving style, maintain your vehicle, and modify your driving mentality. We'll also show you just how much you can potentially save, both in fuel and money.
  • How to Buy a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle
    We'll explain the factors you should consider when selecting a more fuel-efficient vehicle, whether you're looking for a hybrid or a conventional vehicle. While hybrids may be the most efficient overall, they also tend to be expensive. The extra cost over a frugal conventional vehicle may take years to recover in fuel savings. As such, a small, subcompact car may be a better fit for your needs. We'll provide you with a list of fuel-efficient vehicles rated by both the EPA and Consumer Guide®