Attorney General's Office suggests several tips for reducing
gasoline consumption -- and thus reducing demand and market
pressure for higher gasoline prices:
your owner's manual to find out what octane your engine needs,
then buy it. Resist the urge to buy higher octane gas for
"premium" performance. The AAA experts say that
only about five percent of the cars sold in the United States
require premium gasoline, yet premium gas accounts for 20
percent of all gasoline sold. (This advice is not intended
to apply to Ethanol, which has other benefits such as less
pollution, supporting an Iowa industry and reducing dependence
on foreign oil.)
tires inflated to the proper levels. Properly inflated tires
provide less road resistance and can improve fuel efficiency.
Check your owner's manual for the guide to appropriate inflation
engine tuned. Make sure that you change the oil and get tune-ups
according to your owner's manual.
The faster you drive, the more gasoline your car uses. Driving
at 55 mph rather than 65 mph increases fuel economy by about
2 miles per gallon.
"jackrabbit starts." Abrupt starts require about
twice as much gasoline as gradual starts.
driving. Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can decrease
fuel economy by up to 2 miles per gallon. Stay alert and drive
steadily, not erratically. Keep a reasonable, safe distance
from the car ahead of you and anticipate traffic conditions.
The safe use of cruise control can aid in gas savings.
use of air conditioning. Air conditioning can reduce fuel
economy by as much as 2 miles per gallon under certain speeds
and operating conditions.
let your car idle for long periods. Turn your engine off when
you are delayed for more than a couple of minutes.
a new car, compare the EPA estimated gas mileage for the cars
you are considering.
Finally, consider alternative transportation, such as carpooling or
using public transportation, and options that also have health benefits,
such as biking or walking.
information, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection
Division, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. Call 515-281-5926. The Attorney
General's web site is: www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.org.