How to practice fuel efficient driving and save at the pump – KTTC

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Gas prices are on the rise across the country with the national average hitting just above $4.30. Minnesota’s average is still under that $4 line, sitting at a $3.45 average.
As gas prices continue to go up, many drivers are looking for ways to squeeze as many miles out of their tanks possible.
“When they come in for regular services, they’re like ‘hey can you check anything over to make sure I get a little bit of better mileage?’ And I’m like absolutely,” Complete Auto Repair owner Travis Batdorf said.
There are a number of methods you can use to save. The first is making sure your tire pressure is up and where it should be.
“With tires, the lower they are on pressure, it increases more rolling resistance in the tire which is going to require more horsepower from the engine, decreasing the fuel economy,” Batdorf said.
As the cold weather sticks around, many Minnesota drivers are still using their remote start, but try not to leave you car warming up too long.
“Most remote starts are designed to run for 10-20 minutes. You don’t need to let the car run that long. When it’s remote starting, idling, it’s killing your fuel economy,”
Another way to make sure you’re getting enough out of your tank is actually driving the speed limit. It’s estimated that drivers will use up to 9 percent more fuel by driving at 70 miles per hour instead of 60 miles per hour.
“Driving the speed limit is gonna give you the best fuel economy even though we don’t wanna do it, it’s gonna give us the best fuel economy. Going above the speed limit, you’re winding out the engine. It’s gonna suck more fuel. When you’re at that speed limit, you’re at the ideal RPMs to get the best fuel economy possible,” Batdorf said.
Rochester residents at the pumps say as their gas totals continue to rise, they’re all looking for ways to save.
“I’ve been driving in eco-mode. I don’t know if it makes much of a difference, and then also driving less. We’re not gonna be making a trip to Chicago any time soon,” Rochester resident Afiya Amhed said.
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