Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- If your wallet, and patience, are wearing thin in the era of $3.25 gasoline take a deep breath and know that you're not alone.
WSFA 12 News is compiling a list of ways you can save on gas. Follow these tips and you could increase the MPGs of your car or truck.
GAS SAVING TIPS
Buy the lowest grade octane that your vehicle owner's manual recommends. Most engines are calibrated for "regular octane".
NEVER top off your tank. The reason? Expansion will cause your excess gas to spill out.
Inflate your tires to the proper pressure. For each pound of pressure below that recommened amount, you lose 2% fuel efficiency.
Tire alignment- If not proper, this will make your engine work harder.
Tighten your gas cap. Gas can evaporate if not sealed properly.
Make sure you're ready to go before starting the car. Idling for two minutes = amount of gas needed to go one mile.
Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 MPH. In fact, for each 5 MPH above that speed you can add another 15-20 cents per gallon to the total you are already spending.
Steady pressure and cruise-control whenever possible. Speeding, rapid acceleration/braking can reduce gas mileagle by 33%.
If you aren't going to the mountains leave the mountain bike at home. Extra racks and carriers create drag and can reduce your MPGs by 5.
Travel light. Do you have too much "junk in the trunk"? Hauling all that extra weight reduces gas mileage.