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family in carBefore you hit the road it is worthwhile to consider how to maximize your gas mileage. When driving long distances, increasing the fuel economy of your car by a couple percentage points can save you a significant amount of money. Here are some tips.

Select the Most Efficient Car

If you have more than one car, select the car that typically gets the best gas mileage for your trip. This may mean a little less space for passengers or luggage but the gas savings could make the leg room reduction worthwhile.

Consider What You Pack

When preparing for a road trip, people typically pack their cars to the roof because they can. They may not need all of the items they packed but they feel comfortable knowing they have them just in case. Not only does this waste packing time, but it is also inefficient for the car. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy by about two percent, which sounds small but can add up during a long road trip. A loaded roof rack has an even bigger negative impact on gas mileage. Keep this in mind when you are loading up the car and ask yourself what you really need on the trip. As a way to limit your load, pretend you are packing for an airplane trip. With airline baggage restrictions in mind, you will have to limit what you pack.

Avoid Aggressive Driving 

Aggressive steering, acceleration or braking will reduce your gas economy because the car's computer will be required to adjust vehicle systems for performance instead of optimizing for gas efficiency. Drive smoothly, make gradual speed/direction changes and let the computers function as intended to maximize gas economy.

Make Sure Tires are Properly Inflated

Ensuring your tires are at the proper inflation level will provide three benefits: safer driving, less wear and tear on tires and an increases in gas mileage up to three percent. It’s simple and worthwhile to verify appropriate tire pressure before you hit the road.

Review your policy before hitting the road. Call Auto Insurance Express at (417) 206-3733 for more information on Joplin auto insurance.
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