How to Maximize Your Vehicle’s Fuel Economy

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Content Provided by the Union of Concerned Scientists

How you drive and take care of your vehicle can have a big effect on how much fuel you use. Follow these simple tips to save money and reduce pollution.


Cars run their best and consume less fuel when they are well maintained. Below are a few ways to keep your car in peak condition and keep money in your wallet:

Before You Hit the Road:
  • Keep your vehicle well tuned
  • Check your tires
  • Be weight-conscious
  • Keep track of your fuel economy

Behind the Wheel:
  • Drive moderately
  • Don't let your vehicle idle for more than a minute
  • Park in the shade

Driving a Clean Car Revolution:
  • Keep moving, but drive less
  • Buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle
  • Advocate for better transportation policies


How to Change Your Oil

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Content Provided by Edmunds.com

An Easy DIY Project that Saves Money
The basic oil change is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance.

Why change your own oil?

One of the cornerstones of do-it-yourself car maintenance jobs is the home oil change. It's a simple process that requires few tools, and it's a sure way to save some money while you avoid the hassle of sitting in a dull waiting room somewhere reading outdated magazines.

More than anything, the basic oil change is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance. The time you spend under the hood and under the car affords you an excellent opportunity to look around and see if anything else needs attention.

Our video shows the process in action:


Money Saved: Between $25 and $75
Time Required: One hour the first time out; 30 minutes on average
Tools Required
  • Wrench to remove drain plug (box end or socket)
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan
  • Funnel
  • Latex gloves
  • Jack and jack stands or ramps (optional, depends on ground clearance)
Materials Required:
  • Oil
  • Oil filter
  • Replacement drain plug washer (depending on application)

Source: Edmunds.com (Apr 17, 2015 by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing)

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