Breaking gas mileage myths

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Everyone is looking for ways to stretch each and every buck when it comes to gas money, but there are some myths out there that are a waste of your time and money.

According to the EPA, one of the most common myths is the smaller the car the better. Experts say due to advanced technologies, you don’t have to drive a tiny car now to get good fuel economy.

Another popular myth says premium expensive gas helps you get better mileage. Cars that are specifically designed for premium gas may see a benefit, but everyone else won’t get a mileage boost from using the higher grade gasoline as a replacement.

Finally, the myth that claims you should let your car idle rather than turn your car off and on. The myth states restarting your car uses more gas than just allowing it to idle. This is also not true. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon per hour while sitting for extended periods. Experts recommend that you turn off your car when you’re not moving, unless you’re in rush-hour traffic.

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