Edmunds tests and busts those gas-saving myths

Oct 9, 2012


Commuters board a bus in front of a gas station selling gas for over five dollars a gallon in Los Angeles on October 8, 2012. Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

With California gas prices soaring to painful new highs this week, you might be wishing you could trade in that gas guzzler for a hybrid. Unfortunately, that’s not an option for everyone. So what’s a driver to do?

Well, it turns out there are some useful tips out there for saving real dollars without having to buy a new car. Chances are, you’ve heard a few of them and wondered if they were true. Perhaps you’ve gotten hot under the collar as your father insisted that running the car’s air conditioner wasted gas. According to the car experts at Edmund’s, this is nice in theory, but not in practice. So go ahead and turn on that A/C.

But don’t get aggressive behind that wheel because the folks at Edmund’s say you can save an average of 31% by taking that maniacal driving down a notch. Moderate driving isn’t the only way to save on gas. Slowing down and using cruise control can also result in substantial savings.

Can the Edmund’s tests be matched by anyone? Which tips work like a charm and which ones are silly wives’ (or husbands’) tales? What’s your favorite gas-saving tip?


Phil Reed, senior consumer advice editor,

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