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7 Ways to Travel Smart and Save Gas

July 8, 2014

10547453_10152561053464630_7335201015015694756_nReady to take off for vacation? With road trips more popular than ever, and families watching their budgets carefully, traveling as efficiently as possible makes good sense. Here are 7 tips from to help you get the most out of every gallon of gas this summer.






1. Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving — speeding, rapid acceleration and braking — wastes gas and can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% in town.

2. Remove excess weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2%.

3. Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon — and can use 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of fuel per hour, depending on your engine size and air conditioning use.

4. Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed. It will save gas in most cases.

5. Keep your tires properly inflated. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door frame or the glove box, and in your owner’s manual.

6. Use the recommended grade of motor oil. You can improve your gas mileage by 1–2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Check your owner’s manual to find the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil for your vehicle.

7. Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you’ll make. The difference between a vehicle that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $903 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.61/gallon).

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, GM offers 19 2013 models with an EPA-estimated 30 MPG highway or better. Each of these 19 models is equipped with OnStar Directions & Connections® Plan standard for at least the first 6 months. Get more information about these fuel-efficient vehicles and Visit for complete inventory listings and details about Jessup Auto Plaza.  Phone: (760) 328-9999 Address: 68-111 E Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234

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