The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 76
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•'» THE SAUNA JOURNAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT SUNPAV. MAY 6, 2000 5 Ready to road trip? Here's a few tips to save time, money By ANN M. JOB For AP Special Edition The slowing economy, troubled stock market and predictions of high fuel prices this simmier don't have to nix vacation plans. It just means many American families might be more cost-conscious than usual — selecting less-expensive, close-by vacation spots and driving to their destinations. "Consumers still feel it's their right to vacation so they can relieve the stress of everyday life," said John Boatright, former chairman of the Association of Travel Marketing Executives Worldwide. ! "But the big difference this summer will be how they vacation. This year, you're going to see more vacationers taking day and weekend trips to venues that are only a drive away, ; such as theme parks, state parks, historical attractions and the like." Nancy Cain, spokeswoman for the Michigan AAA, said preliminary indications for summer travel in her region also point to people staying closer to home. "It has been a recent trend the last few years, because with so many two-income families, it has become harder to get away for those long, traditional, two-week family vacations," she said. i No matter how far you travel by car, there are ways to maximize every single gallon of fuel. Here are tips: • Regular vehicle servicing. Keep your vehicle well maintained with regular servicing to keep it operating at peak efficiency. An inefficient engine- with fouled spark plugs, for example, won't make optimum use of fuel. Be sure the air filter and the fuel filter are clean. Put in new ones if they're not. A new oxygen sensor alone can improve gas mileage by as much as 15 percent, according to AutoZone, a car parts supplier. • Don't forget Utfle things like the air in your tires. Having tires inflated to the maximum recommended pressiure can improve gas mileage by as much as 6 percent, while periodic wheel alignments can help improve fuel economy up to 10 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. • And clean out that trunk and back cargo area. Take out imneeded items that only add weight to yoiu: vehicle. Extra weight decreases gas mileage. According to auto parts company AutoZone, every 200 pounds of unnecessary weight shaves one mile per gallon off your fuel mileage. • Relax, change your driving style. Be a different driver. Accelerate gradually, drive smoothly and with care and you could see as much as a 20 percent gain in fuel economy compared with what you'd get with an aggressive driving style, the EPA says. • Skip those jackrabbit starts and sudden pedal-to-the-metal maneuvers if you want to save gas. Anticipate stops so you avoid sudden braking, and take a long view of the road ahead, coasting safely to an intersection in firont of you where you see traffic stopped. • Don't speed. A car moving at 55 miles an hour can get about 15 percent better fuel economy than the same car going 65 mph. Use your vehicle's navigation system, if you have one, in your travels to new locales. This can save you from getting lost and wasting gas. • Drive smart. Don't be idle too long. Don't waste fuel by sitting in that drive-thru lane at McDonald's or Taco BeU. Park and go inside instead. And don't let your vehicle idle as you wait for family members to return from the roadside conveiuence store. Idling uses more fuel than turning the engine off, joining the family inside the store, and then restarting the engine. • When you're in slow city traffic, keep the air conditioner off, if possible. Roll down the windows and open the air vents to keep you and your riders comfortable. That air conditioner is a burden that uses fuel, and if you're tooling around town, you can see a "very sUght" improvement in gas mileage by keeping it turned off, a Mercedes-Benz spokesman said. Ellsworth County Historical Society presents: Ellsworth...the Wickedest Cowtown in the West! Hodgden House Museum Complex 104 W. South Main - Ellsworth Hours: 'Riesday - Friday, Sunday 1-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 p.m. Fort Marker - Established in 1867 Fort Barker Guardtiouse Museum Complex 308 W. Ohio - Kanopolis Hours: Saturday 9 a.ni.-12 p.ni., 1-5 p-m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. $2.00 for adults - $1.00 for children Contact us at (785) 472-3059. ' • ' • Of course, don't subject yourself to extreme heat on dangerously hot days. It's important that drivers stay alert and comfortable behind the wheel. • Plan ahead. Don't stop the fuel conservation efforts once you're at your destination. You can combine your errands into one trip, rather than taking multiple trips firom your hotel or campsite. Organize your stops so they're near each other and so you don't retrace your path. You may even be able to park in one central spot and walk between some of your, stops rather than driving and parking at each one. Also plan your daily trips so you go out during less-congested times of day. When there's less traffic, you're more apt to be able to drive smoothly. • Use navigation aids on the hi- temet or in your vehicle to keep firom getting lost — and thus wasting fuel — when you're headed to a new, unknown location. •i If your vacation plans include large gatherings like family reunions or church piciucs, organize a carpool. If the distance to these events is long. Budget Rent a Car Corp. suggests even renting a 15-person van to maximize fuel savings vs. driving a number of separate vehicles in these circumstances. • Weather effects. Note that road and weather conditions have a role, too, in the fuel economy of your vehicle. Driving into a 20-mph headwind can reduce fuel economy by as much as 6 percent. Driving up a mountain road with a 7 percent grade can cut fuel economy by as much as 25 percent. Driving on gravel and in slush and snow requires a bit more fuel, too. • Your next vehicle. When you shop for a new vehicle, be sure to compare fuel economy. Bear in mind how bigger vehicles, bigger engines, four-wheel drive and lots of optional equipment can add to a vehicle's weight and, as a result, reduce fuel efficiency. Even larger tires can have an effect. A tire with a larger "footprint" on the road that doesn't have a special rubber compound designed to improve fuel economy has more rolling resistance than a comparable smaller tire, and this can lower fuel economy. • New, high-tech solutions. Check out the newest automotive technology. It's getting more mainstream with each passing year. 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