Gas saving tips for last minute summer travel


POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:31am

UPDATED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 8:56pm

Most drivers have heard the common gas saving tips including getting your car serviced regularly and making sure your tires are properly inflated.

With more cars on the road for road trips and vacations during the summer months, the Texas Department of Transportation launched its Drive Clean Across Texas clean air campaign, in partnership with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The tips they offer not only help reduce ozone and pollution levels, but also help keep more money in your pocket.

Getting a car tune-up regularly can save about $120 a year. Paying extra for the energy conserving motor oil adds an additional $51 dollars in savings.

Underinflated tires can cost an extra $85 in gas every year.

Carlyle Meeks, Service Manager at Rudolph Honda in West El Paso said there are also other factors that can help save gas.

"Biggest factor, that right foot. How you control your gas, whether you gun it or stop fast, that can affect your fuel mileage," he said.

Driving only five miles per hour over the speed limit can cost an additional $180 in gas each year. Speeding then stopping suddenly costs even more, about $850 a year.

Another trip to save money is to travel light. An extra 50 to 100 pounds in weight can add up to $50 more in gas.

The savings add up to more than $1,300 per year.

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