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How to save fuel when traveling on the road

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Most drivers want gas prices to continue falling before the official start of the summer travel season. If you can hope for the best, sometimes you have to expect the worst.

Just in case, WBRC is finding other ways to save or conserve gas in your tank for those trips.

Clay Ingram with AAA Alabama says great fuel economy comes from making sure your tires are properly inflated. You should check them before you travel.

Keep windows closed while driving! AAA says open windows cause aerodynamic drag.

After refueling at a gas station (which hopefully you checked the price), make sure the gas cap clicks three times. If the cap is not properly sealed, the fuel could vaporize.

Ingram says the optimal speed for gas mileage is around 50 miles per hour, so what will save you the most money is slowing down on the highway.

“The biggest gas saver is being a more conservative driver,” Ingram said. “Slow down a bit. Maintain a constant speed. Stay away from sudden starts and stops, weavings in and out of traffic, and accelerations and decelerations. This uses a lot more gas than people realize.

To keep this speed constant, it is recommended to activate the cruise control when possible.

AAA says the small fine adjustment made by the cruise system will keep your speed constant and save fuel. More tips to help you save gas when traveling on the road, click here.

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