Gas-Saving Tips That Actually Work

When fuel prices soar, all kinds of gas-saving schemes get floated. We separate the serious from the silly for you.

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With gas prices still elevated, plenty of people are feeling pain at the pump.

Drive less, ride a bike, take public transportation – sure sure sure. Plenty of us have to drive. So other than swearing a lot when filling up, what action can you take? When fuel prices spike, lots of tips and tricks to save on gas get trotted out. They’re not all worthy – or safe. Please don’t tell us about how your Uncle Charlie would slap it in neutral when coasting downhill.

We’ve narrowed them down to seven that don’t violate the laws of physics, endanger you or others, or insult your intelligence.

David Muhlbaum
Senior Online Editor,

In his current role as Senior Online Editor, David edits and writes a wide range of content for With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, he has worked on and written for a range of its publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He is a co-host of Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and has helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.