CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The days of a gallon of gas under two bucks are long gone. Road trips are going cost us, especially here in the Midwest.
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- Don’t idle too much: If you’re stopped for more than five minutes, turn off your vehicle.
- Loose the weight: Carrying extra stuff in your trunk lowers fuel efficiency.
- Keep it off the roof: Don’t pack your luggage on the roof of the vehicle. It’s a killer for your car’s aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. It could cost you up to 25 percent more at interstate speeds.
- Use AC smartly: In town, roll down the windows. On the highway, crank up the air.
- Inflate your tires: Proper inflation means less frequent trips to the pump.
- Watch your speed: Gas mileage typically decreases as we driver faster. The sweet spot for a lot of vehicles is about 60 miles an hour. AAA reports that for every five miles an hour you driver over 60 mph, you’ll pay 24 cents more per gallon.
- Use cruise control: It can help keep your speed steady and save gas.
- Shop around: Before you head out, look for the best prices. Check out FOX19 NOW’s gas tracker for the cheapest stations in the Tri-State.