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Increase gas mileage without driving less: tighten gas cap, pump up tires, maintain car, clean out trunk, mix acetone with gas, limit AC use, and walk more.

If you’re like most drivers, you’re probably looking for a way to increase your gas mileage and save money. While driving less may seem like an obvious answer, the truth is that there are many little things you can do to increase your gas mileage without reducing your time behind the wheel. These are just a few examples to get you started.

The gas evaporates. While this may not come as a huge surprise, many people don’t take the minimum steps necessary to counter this. For example, squeezing the gas cap helps a lot to increase fuel consumption, while parking in the sun for long periods of time contributes to evaporation.

The easiest thing you can do to increase your gas mileage is to pump up your tires. Low pressure puts a lot of pressure on your car, forcing the engine to work harder and using up to 18 percent more gas.

Do regular maintenance on your car. Tuning up your engine, cleaning clogged air filters, and changing your oil frequently will make your vehicle run more efficiently and increase fuel economy.

Another good way to increase your gas mileage without even realizing it is to clean out your trunk. Excess weight creates pressure on your tires, again forcing the engine to work harder. Do you really need to store toys, bags and tools in the trunk? Go through the contents of your trunk and remove everything you don’t need.

Mix 2 oz (59 ml) of acetone for every 5 gallons (19 liters) of gas in your tank for a chemical boost that can reduce your gas consumption by up to 27 percent.

Finally, limit the use of your air conditioning system to increase your fuel consumption by up to 23 percent. In mild weather, open the windows or alternate between using the car’s air conditioning and vents.

Smart drivers will tell you that walking more is also a great solution. If you’re going for less than five minutes and you’re not carrying heavy bags, do you really need to take your car? Think twice before turning it on and you could save hundreds of dollars a year on gas.

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