Thursday, January 5, 2012

Get Hybrid Gas Mileage in Your Regular Car

By Brian Carr 

It's no secret that hybrid cars get better fuel economy than their "regular fuel" counterparts. Unfortunately, chances are you probably don't own a hybrid car. Thankfully, that doesn't have to stop you from getting great gas mileage.

Below are several things you can do to help your vehicle get hybrid like fuel economy without having to shell out the extra money for an actual hybrid car:
  1. Remove all excess weight from your vehicle. The rule of thumb is for every extra 100 pounds you carry in your car, you reduce its fuel economy by 2%. A good place to start is in the trunk of your car. Do you really need to carry your golf clubs around all the time?
  2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Again, the rule of thumb is driving with under inflated tires will reduce your fuel economy by 2%, on average. You should try and check your tire pressure at least once per month.
  3. Watch your speed. According to, for every 5 miles per hour you drive above 60 mph, you reduce your fuel economy by 6%. That's a pretty big incentive to just hang out in the right lane.
  4. Reduce the amount of time you are in idle. Again, according to, your car wastes up to 17% of its fuel by simply being in idle. Whether you turn the car off when you're sitting at a long stop light, or park the car when you pick up something from a friend's house, you need to find ways to reduce the amount of time your car sits in idle.
  5. Use moderate acceleration. Rapid acceleration, coupled with accelerating in to stops (as opposed to coasting) can decrease your fuel economy by as much as 33%! So, the next time the light turns green, don't gun it.
It may seem unrealistic, using the above tips should help you increase your fuel economy by between 10 and 20%. You may not be able to get the same fuel economy as an actual hybrid car, but following these items should get you pretty close.

Please visit Daily Fuel Economy Tip for more gas saving tips like this. The better driver you are, the more gas and money you'll save. It's a win/win situation!

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