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TIPS: How to get better gas mileage.

  1. Inflate your tires to the maximum safe pressure. Check with your dealer or tire manufacturer. Increasing tire pressure not only gets you better gas mileage, it also reduce wear on the tire.
  2. Keep the vehicle weight as low as possible. Don't log things that you don't need on a daily basis.
  3. Filling up your gas tank may in fact yield lower gas mileage because of the extra weight. In fact, race car drivers use this technique. We recommend filling up a half tank only when possible. However because of rising gas prices, you might want to take advantage or today's gas prices vs. the next time you fill up. It's up to you to decide. Just keep in mind that any additional weight, whether luggage, tools or gas is going to negatively affect your gas mileage.
  4. Use cruise control when possible, on the highway as well as in the city.
  5. When driving off a traffic light, accelerate quickly to the desired speed, release your foot off the gas pedal, then set the cruise control. Driving a relatively low-horsepower hybrid as you would a normal vehicle, would use up too much gas during acceleration.
  6. Only use the type of fuel recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. You might actually get lower gas mileage when using super-unleaded on a vehicle that is built to use regular unleaded.
  7. Change your oil at the recommended interval and if possible use synthetic oil.
  8. Drive anywhere between 60 and 70 mph on the highway. Depending on road conditions, you might get better gas mileage than driving faster.
  9. Only use tires recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Replacing tires with higher performance, may yield lower gas mileage because of the type of thread on the tire.
  10. Rotate your tires at the regular interval.
  11. Plan your trip. When possible, do not drive during rush hour. Plan your errands ahead of time.

Things you shouldn't do.

  1. Do not try saving gas while subjecting others drivers to dangerous situations, specially when changing lanes. Hybrid vehicle drivers, so concerned about extracting the most mileage out of their vehicle, tend to change lanes at low speeds instead of accelerating in order to save gas. This subjects other drivers in that lane to a dangerous situation. If you must change lanes, you need to drive with flow traffic.
  2. Do not get obsessed with saving 2 or 3 extra miles per gallon. You will end up subjecting yourself and other drivers on the road to dangerous situations. Use safe drivving techniques, obey the law and enjoy your hybrid vehicle.


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