Hey, lead foot! Check out our gas saving tips

CLEVELAND - Many drivers on the road these days want to get where they’re going fast without using much fuel.

“You’re not going to have both,” said trucker James Sanders.

Sanders sees first hand just how much of a hurry we’re in and describes drivers as "bats out of hell."

On the road for 32-years now, Sanders knows a thing or two about fuel efficiency, and he says it starts by slowing down.

“There’s cars past me like I’m sitting still and I’m running 65 mph,” said Sanders.

Driving the speed limit can save you $0.23 to $0.46 per gallon. From 18-wheels down to four, the formula for maximum fuel efficiency really boils down to your behavior behind the wheel.

“Technology can do a lot to improve fuel economy, but not nearly as much as driver can do to improve his fuel economy every day,” said John Nielsen, Director of Automotive Engineering at AAA.

Changing behavior we all know is tough, but the payoff from sensible driving is $0.16 to $1.07 per gallon.

“Accelerate more slowly, give a little more time in braking, add all that up and you will be amazed at how much fuel you can save,” said Nielsen.

More fuel efficiency tips from FuelEconomy.gov include:

  • Keeping your engine tuned. This can save you $0.13 per gallon.
  • Keeping your tires inflated, which is a savings of $0.10 per gallon.
  • Using the recommended oil at a savings of $0.03 to $0.07 per gallon.

Getting the junk out of your trunk sounds like a joke, but it can save you cash.

“Junk out of the trunk is a great one," said Nielsen.  "If we have to carry that weight around it takes horse power to do that and that’s fuel.” 

The savings: $0.03 to $0.07 per gallon.

Topping our list of funny fuel saving tips is keep your car washed to reduce wind resistance.

“Okay, that’s a really good one, I gotta tell ya, and there’s some truth to that," said Nielsen. "Getting a good wax on a car will reduce your wind resistance.”

Bonus: you’ll look great in your shiny car while driving slower to save some dough.

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