Everyone has a few tricks to squeeze in a few more miles between stops (and save a few bucks), but which ones actually
work? Test your gas-saving savvy with this quiz.
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In cold weather, you should idle for at least a full minute before driving to warm the engine.
Well done! You must live in a cold climate.
Not quite. Let’s save you some idle time!
MYTH. After about 30 seconds, you’re good to start driving off gently. Since your car will heat up more efficiently
by, well, driving, you’ll actually get warm faster (and save gas and time while you’re at it).
Filling up in the morning gets more in the tank — and keeps more in the wallet.
Right you are!
Sounds smart, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way.
MYTH. It’s true that gas at cooler temperatures doesn’t evaporate as much as warmer gas. However, most
gas stations use underground fuel tanks that act as thermoses — meaning that the gas you’re pumping
is about the same temperature as when it was delivered.
Topping off your fuel tank makes sure you get every last drop of gas you paid for.
Savvy shopper, eh? Well played.
Ah, if only it were that easy.
MYTH. When you press the trigger after the pump automatically stops, what you’re actually doing is pumping
gas into the hose — gas that's more likely to spill on the next customer than to make it into your tank. Plus,
thanks to physics, both of you are getting an extra whiff of toxic fumes (and so is the environment).
Going into neutral downhill is a money-saving hypermiling method.
You’re a safety (and physics) genius!
Ooh, slow down there.
MYTH. While coasting in neutral might — emphasis on the might — trick your car’s sensors
into thinking you’re using less gas, in reality, you’re burning a nominal amount of gas as long as the
engine is running. And since hypermiling can be pretty dangerous, save that fuel by letting your foot off the gas
Cruise control is a great way to up your mpg count.
That’s right! Coast on to the explanation.
Take it easy. You’ll get the next one.
FACT. By ensuring that your gas supply is slow and steady, cruise control can give you more distance for your buck
on the open highway. One important exception: in rain or snow, safe is better than efficient, so keep your eyes
peeled and your feet on the pedals.
Short stops and jackrabbit starts at stoplights waste gas.
Clearly a defensive driver! Nice one.
Well … patience pays off.
FACT. Not only are you more likely to get in an accident when making sudden stops and starts, but you’re also
consuming up to 40 percent more fuel. And you won’t actually get there faster. Keep your cool to save big
bucks — not to mention your blood pressure. Your wallet (and your doctor) will thank you.
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