Hurricane Irma: 8 tips to max out fuel you have


Hurricane Irma: 8 tips to max out fuel you have

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No lines, no waiting, but no gas at the Marathon station at Belvedere Road and Lake Avenue in West Palm Beach, which was sold out Tuesday afternoon, September 5, 2017. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Here are eight tips from AAA to squeeze as much as you can of the fuel in your tank right now.

  • Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts.
  • Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let your foot off the gas as early as possible.
  • In summer, drive during cooler parts of the day. Cooler, denser air can boost power and mileage.
  • Avoid long warm-ups in the morning. They’re unnecessary and waste fuel.
  • Use air conditioning. Today’s air conditioners create less drag on the engine than driving with the windows open.
  • Maintain recommended tire pressure. Low pressure reduces fuel economy and can damage tires.
  • Keep the air filter clean. Clogged filters reduce fuel economy and increase exhaust emissions.
  • Drive the speed limit.
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