Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Offers Eight Ways to Save on Gas Today

Annapolis, MD, May 10, 2008 --( With oil prices rising on a regular basis and the summer travel season approaching, Maryland Automobile Dealers Association president Peter Kitzmiller says motorists can realize immediate fuel savings with just a few simple steps:

1. Comparison shop for gas
There are many websites that track gas prices by zip code, enabling consumers to find the lowest price in their area on a given day.

2. Maintain your car.
Follow the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule. Check your oil. Change your air filters regularly. Keep your engine tuned. Make sure your wheels are aligned for better mileage and longer tire life. Check your tire pressure. Use the appropriate sized tires for your car.

3. Remove excess weight
When carrying heavy objects in your vehicle you reduce your fuel economy by as much as 1 to 2 percent. Remember to empty your car of items you do not need.

4. Reduce drag
Luggage carriers, running boards and roof racks look great, but can create aerodynamic drag and reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 5 percent.

5. Keep your car out of the sun.
If you do not have a garage, try to park in the shade or use a sunshade to keep you car from getting too hot. This will help avoid heavy use of the air conditioner.

6. Drive smoothly. Revving your engine, making jackrabbit starts and sudden stops make your car work harder, reducing fuel efficiency. Use cruise control when possible to maintain a steady pace.

8. Drive the speed limit. Driving at highway speeds of 55 mph instead of 70 mph can improve mileage by as much as 21 percent. Stay to the right and you’ll have more money left to spend when you reach your destination.

About the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association
Maryland Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) is a statewide association of new car and truck dealers managed by a Board of Directors, which consists of members representing districts throughout the State. MADA was founded in 1910 as a non-profit trade association for the purpose of: "facilitating the exchange of ideas among its members; to encourage sound business policies; to foster constructive motor vehicle legislation; to discourage destructive motor vehicle legislation, and to promote confidence, respect and good fellowship among all who are directly or indirectly engaged in the motor vehicle industry." For more information visit MADA online at

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