11 Tips for Boosting Your Fleet's Fuel Efficiency
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- In light of soaring gasoline prices, now is a good time to remind drivers of the simple steps they can take to increase fuel efficiency. The federal government recommends the following:1. Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving --- sudden acceleration and sudden braking --- wastes gas.2. Comply with the speed limit. Gas mileage tends to fall rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.3. Remove excess weight. Don't use your trunk as a storage locker. 4. Avoid excessive idling. (Sometimes it's best to plan a route that avoids left turns that require a lot of waiting.) 5. Use cruise control.6. Use overdrive gears.7. Keep your car properly maintained and tuned. A poorly tuned car can use more than 25 percent more gas8. Use steel-belted radial tires. They increase gas mileage up to 10 percent.9. Check your tire pressure weekly.10. Combine tasks into one trip.11. Don't top off your tank when pumping gas. On a warm day, gasoline expands and can overflow.