LOS ANGELES (CBS) — With gas prices flirting dangerously with $4 per gallon for regular, a few easy changes might help Los Angeles drivers improve their fuel economy.

The U.S. Department of Energy has some tips for saving gas in times of high prices.

Drive efficiently: It may be hard, but try to refrain from stop-and-go driving, even in LA gridlock. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds. When driving the occasional clear freeway, observe the speed limit – gas mileage goes down fast at speeds above 60 mph. Clean out the car – an extra 100 pounds in your car could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent.

Maintain your car: Getting a tuneup could can improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. Keeping the tires properly inflated can also improve gas mileage, by up to 3.3 percent – the proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on the inside driver’s side door.

Plan your drive: Combine your errands to save you time and money. If working off-hours is an option, it could pay off in gas mileage. Take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs to cut down your fuel costs. When traveling, reconsider your roof rack and don’t forget to remove it when you’re not traveling.

Buy a new car: This is the least of easy changes, but something to think about if you are in the market for a new car anyway. See fueleconomy.gov for gas mileage estimates and information on cars manufactured from 1984 through 2011.

Comments (4)
  1. Jackie Winters says:

    You might want to consider reading the book “lemon protection identifying a lemon” available on amazon com before you buy a new or used vehicle. Yahoo Community has a lot of great stories on it about buying cars and how to protect you, Good luck.

  2. Adnan says:

    Thanks for the clean and healthy air.

    Regards,

    Adnan march 07. 2011

  3. Bob says:

    A bit more on the ‘Plan Your Drive’ section of the original article. Cold engine starts [1] make a big dent in your mileage. Running errands close together to avoid letting your engine cool down… or only allowing it to cool down minimally will go a long way at reducing fuel consumption.

    Bob

    [1] A cold engine is one that has cooled down to, or has nearly cooled down to the surrounding ambient air temperature.

  4. Green Living Eco says:

    Nice post, but a little lacking on information. We just did a post at http://www.greenlivingeco.com/improve-gas-mileage-top-5-cheap-easy-tips/ on improving gas mileage to save money and cut down carbon emissions. It provides much more information on how much money you can save and carbon dioxide you can prevent from going into the atmosphere by following the tips.