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Saving money in the new year - Improving your fuel economy - Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC

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It's a whole new year! That means that it's a fresh start and a chance to do things differently in 2013. For many people, their resolution is to save money, which can be quite difficult. In our 3 part series, we're going to show you some ways to save money on gas! 

The most effective way to improve your gas mileage is to upgrade to a more fuel efficient car, such as the Chevrolet Volt or the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist. Our Youngstown, Ohio dealerships have the best inventory of fuel efficient vehicles in the area! However there are several other things you can do to improve your gas mileage, this is what we'll be covering in part one! 

Tip #1: Brake the right way
You car consumes the most gas when you accelerate. When your car is moving it doesn't require much gasoline to keep moving, it's when you start and stop constantly they you begin to compromise your fuel economy. You can improve your economy by up to 20% by simply riding smoother! 

Tip #2: Turn off your air conditioning
It's not the easiest thing to do, especially when the temperature rises. However, the compressor for the AC heavily taxes the motor of your car which reduces your fuel economy. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount you have to cool your car off. First, park your car in the shade if you can so that the AC won't have to work as hard when you go somewhere. Also, roll down your windows a tiny bit so you can circulate air through your car while you are parked. Another nifty tip is to shut the AC off 5 minutes before you reach your destination. 

Tip #3: Reduce the weight of your car
Look at the physics behind a moving object, in this case your car. Force = Mass X Acceleration. The more mass your car has, the more gas (in this case, force) your car will burn, especially at a higher speed. An easy way to do this is to simply empty the stuff you don't need out of your trunk. 

Tip #4: Turn your car off
A common myth is that you use more gas by turning your car on and off than you do by letting idle. The truth in fact, is that, though you do use gas to turn your car on, it's less than if you were to let your car idle. If you are going to be stopped for more than 1 minute, put your car in park and turn it off. 

Tip #5: Drive Slower 
Probably simply the hardest thing you can do, however, the faster you drive the more drag your car creates. This decreases your fuel economy a substantial amount. Try just driving the speed limit and see how much you'll improve your gas mileage!

Stay tuned for part two tomorrow on more ways you can improve your fuel economy and save money for the new year! For more information about improving your fuel economy, including getting yourself into a new, more efficient car, give us a call at 330-SWEENEY or email us at! 

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