Driving Tips For The Memorial Day Holiday Traveler

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gasoline prices are at record-high levels across the country and prices are projected to remain high throughout the Memorial Holiday travel season.

The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy offers a few simple measures drivers can take to help improve their vehicle’s gas mileage this weekend and throughout the year.

· Avoid high speeds: Driving 65 mph vs. 75 mph will reduce fuel consumption by about 15 percent.

· Do not accelerate or brake abruptly: By anticipating the traffic and applying slow, steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20 percent.

· Keep tires properly inflated: Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by the manufacturer. A single tire under-inflated by 2 PSI increases fuel consumption by 1 percent.

· Service your vehicle regularly: Replace air and fuel filters as recommended in the owner’s manual; change air filters more often if driving in dusty conditions.

· Remove unnecessary weight: Depending on the size of your vehicle, an extra 100 pounds can reduce gas mileage by as much as 2 percent.

· Use cruise control: Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas, especially on flat terrain.

· Avoid long idles: If you plan to be stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

· Keep windows closed when going above 35 mph: Open windows increase drag, thus decreasing fuel economy by up to 10 percent. At speeds over 37 mph, using the air conditioner uses less fuel than having the windows open.

Kentucky residents can save on gasoline by choosing to stay closer to home. Swimming pools and beaches at Kentucky’s 17 resort parks open Memorial Day weekend. Daily recreational and nature programming opportunities also begin during the Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov.

For more fuel-saving tips, visit the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy Web site at http://www.energy.ky.gov/

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