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Surprising myths about gas mileage

Do you believe some of these common gas mileage myths?

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    Monday, June 9, 2014, 1:49 PM -

    It's the season for summer road trips, but with high gas prices, that little family adventure could really cost you.

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    Since everyone is looking for ways to save at the pump, we have some common gas mileage myths to debunk.

    One of the most common myths, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is that:

    • 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. For the 2014 model year, half of the most fuel efficient vehicles are midsize or large cars.
    • Premium expensive gas helps you get better mileage
      Cars that are specifically designed for this premium gas may see a benefit, but everyone else won't get a gas mileage boost from this replacement.
    • Manual transmissions get better mileage than automatics
      Experts say changes to automatic transmissions over the years have improved their efficiency, so now there's really no difference between the two.
    • You should let your car idle rather than turn your car off and on because restarting your car uses more gas than idling
      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, of course, you're sitting in traffic.

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