Tips for Fuel Efficiency

by Ryan Halvorson on Jul 01, 2008

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Fitness professionals often work at several locations, which can entail a lot of driving. These days, that means high gasoline bills. Here, courtesy of, are several tips to help you improve fuel efficiency and reduce your payments at the pump:

  • Purchase gas in the morning or evening. When outside temperatures are low, gasoline is dense. 
  • Keep your tires full of air and be sure to make regular visits to the mechanic to have them rotated and balanced. Consult your car’s manufacturer for air pressure recommendations.
  • Move at a steady pace. Constantly changing speeds reduces fuel efficiency. Keep a good distance between you and the car in front of you, and avoid sudden stops and starts.
  • Limit your warm-up. Unlike exercisers, cars require only 30–45 seconds to get primed for travel. Any more and you’re wasting gas.
  • Make sure your windows are shut while on the freeway. Open windows increase drag and can reduce your mileage by 10%.


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About the Author

Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson IDEA Author/Presenter

Ryan Halvorson is the publications assistant for IDEA Health & Fitness Association. He is a speaker and regular contributor to health and fitness publications and a certified personal trainer.