Debunking Gas Mileage Myths: Tips to Help You Save at the Pump

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RENO, NV - One of the most common myths, according to the EPA, is that the smaller the car, the better.

Experts say due to advanced technologies you don't have to drive a tiny car now to get good fuel economy. For the 2014 model year, half of the most fuel efficient vehicles are midsize or large cars. Another myth: premium gas helps you get better mileage. Well, not quite. Cars that are specifically designed for premium gas may see a benefit but everyone else won't get a gas mileage boost from this replacement.

Then there's the myth that manual transmissions get better mileage than automatics. Experts say changes to automatic transmissions over the years have improved their efficiency, so now there's really no difference between the two.

Lastly, you may think that you should let your car idle rather than turning it off and on because restarting your car uses more gas.This is also not true. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon per hour while sitting for extended periods. Car experts recommend that you turn off your vehicle when you're not moving, unless you're sitting in traffic.


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