7 Simple Tricks to Improve Your Gas Mileage

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Don’t Carry Extra Unnecessary Cargo, Especially on Top

When you’re packing the car and planning where to put everything, try to fit all your gear inside the vehicle. Tests show that even an empty bike rack can cut your highway fuel economy by 2 mpg at 65 mph. Clamping bikes on the roof top can shave off another 5 to 10 mpg.

If you have to put some things on top, try to organize the most aerodynamic and compact loads up there. Consider using an aerodynamic, hard roof-top box from Thule or Yakima, for example. If you have to carry bikes outside, a rear-mounted or hitch rack won’t increase your gas bill as much as a rooftop system. And think twice about what you really need for the trip – in an effort to reduce how much weight you carry altogether.

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