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How to stretch a gallon of gasoline
Getting more mileage out of your tank makes sense not only for your pocket; it also puts less strain on the earth’s natural oil reserves. Use the white arrows on either side of the slides to scroll through the FuelStretch tips below.
Shell is passionate about helping you get the most out of every drop. So we’ve created this list of 10 simple things you can do to improve your fuel economy.
1. Drive smoothly: Avoid heavy acceleration or braking. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gasoline mileage by 5% at lower speeds around town and by 33% at highway speeds.
2. Keep your engine well tuned and repair any problems immediately: If your car has failed an emissions test or is noticeably out of tune, repairing the problem could improve your gasoline mileage by 4% on average.
3. Make sure tires are not over or under-inflated: Proper air pressure cuts down on fuel used while driving. Keeping tires at the correct pressure can improve your gasoline mileage by more than 3%.
4. Minimize vehicle drag: Keep your trunk and back seat clear of unnecessary items that only add weight. Removing excess weight can improve your gasoline mileage.
5. Use the recommended grade of oil in your engine: Following your manufacturer’s motor oil recommendation can improve gasoline mileage by up to 2%. Look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol to ensure it contains friction-reducing additives.
6. Choose a high-quality gasoline: Top automakers say that carbon deposits can build up on critical engine parts, which can decreases the power, performance and fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
Audi, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen recommend using TOP TIER Detergent Gasolines to help keep engines clean. All Shell gasolines meet TOP TIER standards and are Nitrogen Enriched to seek and destroy gunk on critical engine parts to help cars perform at their best.
7. Use cruise control on major roads and in freeflowing traffic: Maintaining a constant speed can improve gasoline mileage.
8. Avoid idling: When you idle, you get zero miles per gallon.
9. Avoid higher speeds: Gasoline mileage usually decreases when driving at speeds over 60 miles per hour.
10. Plan your outings to avoid separate trips: Combine your errands into one outing to avoid short separate trips. This helps avoid unnecessary cold starts and keeps your
car’s engine running warm and more efficiently.