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 |  Jun 29 2011, 1:15 PM

We’ve always got our eye out for the cheapest gas prices – especially in the summer when we tend to do more long-distance driving. So how do you stretch your fuel budget? The helpful folks at Shell have some great tips to keep your summer road trips on track.

1. Don’t go overboard, just bring what you need: It’s easy to go overboard and try to bring everything you think you may need, but try to cut that list down to the essentials. Remember: an extra 100 pounds in a vehicle can reduce gasoline mileage by up to 2 percent.

2. Check tires inflation: If your tires are properly inflated, this can improve gasoline mileage by up to 3.3 percent.

3. Beat the traffic: Try to avoid leaving for that camping trip on Friday at 5 p.m. Speeding, acceleration and braking can lower gasoline mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and 5 percent around town.

4. Use the recommended grade of oil: Your car comes with a manufacturer’s motor oil recommendation – this can improve gasoline mileage by 1 to 2 percent. Tip: look for “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol (it contains friction-reducing additives).

5. Fill up with a high quality gasoline: High quality gas improves engine performance while driving. To help recognize what makes a certain gas high quality, look for fuel that is designated with the TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline Standard. This will help you avoid problems that can be associated with using lower-quality gasoline.

 |  Aug 05 2010, 8:31 AM

We’ve all heard how important it is to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. But how about using a glass of water to cut fuel reduction? Toyota claims that a single glass of water could help you reduce your fuel consumption costs by 10 percent.

No, you don’t have to drive around with a glass of water on the dashboard.  The idea that Toyota is putting our there is that you should drive as though there’s a theoretical glass of water sitting on the dash, which would reduce fuel consumption significantly. To get the message out there, the automaker has launched a website called “A Glass of Water.”

The imaginary glass of water doesn’t exist in your head – you can find it in your iPhone. There’s an app you can download here.  Here’s how it works: the iPhone hardware measures external forces and simulates the effect these have on a glass of water. While driving, it measures your speed, distance traveled and of course water spilled. The results are automatically uploaded to this website where you can analyze your results in more detail.

It you want to make sure you don’t drop a single virtual drop, there are things you can do to ensure you’re always topped off. Drivers can accelerate gracefully, leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead, and brake gently.

Learn all about the “A Glass of Water” challenge here to find out how you could save 10 percent on your fuel consumptions costs.