ANCHOR LEAD: The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is over $3.75. And with some refineries switching from winter to even more expensive summer fuel, consumers can expect to be paying the difference. But, there are some ways to increase your fuel efficiency. Brian Osuch has more. (1:30)
SCRIPT: Zero-to-Sixty, I’m Brian Osuch. Research finds the average car on the road is eleven years old. And with the prices at the pumps reaching new highs, GM’s James Bell says your car may be guzzling up gas. But, there are ways to counter the “pinch at the pump.”
CUT: (Bell) If you’re like most Americans who are in the market for a new car, the good news is this – anything you buy or trade-in for will likely provide better fuel for your buck.
SCRIPT: The difference between a car that gets thirty-miles per gallon and twenty-miles per gallon is over nine-hundred dollars a year. But, if dropping the dough for a new car is unlikely, Bell says stick to safe driving.
CUT: (Bell) Aggressive driving can lead to bad fuel economy. The rapid acceleration and braking really wastes gas. If you’re on the highway… it reduces your gas mileage by over thirty-percent.
SCRIPT: By slowing down drivers are making the roads safer and saving gas money for future trips.
CUT: (Bell) Vehicles are made differently and reach their optimum fuel economy at different speeds. Think about it this way, speeds above 50 miles per hour start costing you extra money. Consider how much you’re saving when you decide not to go those five extra miles per hour over the speed limit.
SCRIPT: Bell also says car maintenance plays a big part in fuel efficiency. And a little effort could make a big difference to your savings.
CUT: (Bell) Start with your tires. If they’re under-inflated you’re going to have more rolling resistance… which means you’re really burning through your fuel. Next, check your air filters. Dirty air filters restrict air from properly entering the engine which will affect your vehicles performance.
SCRIPT: For more information, log onto GM-dot-com. That’s Zero-to-Sixty from GM. I’m Brian Osuch
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