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Driving Habits Affect Gas Consumption

Another Eco-Challenge from First Community Bank and Trust

Beecher, Illinois (August 2, 2011) - With gas prices still hovering near $4 per gallon, it makes sense to employ driving methods that conserve gas. The biggest gas-eating habits are speeding and quick starts. Accelerating requires the most fuel and a lead-footed driver that puts that pedal to the metal may save a few seconds of time, but will spend more in gas money.
According to Stephanie Dembowski, public affairs coordinator for Arizona AAA Automotive, “It makes a big difference, not to mention it is also a safety hazard. Speeding and rapid acceleration lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and about 5 percent in town.” She added that, based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, every 5 mph driven above 60 mph can cost an estimated 24 cents a gallon.

Other ways to boost your gas mileage include:

  • Make sure tires are properly inflated. Underinflated tires, which can also be dangerous, can reduce fuel economy as much as 2 percent.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to maintain a steady speed.
  • Tighten the gas cap. Gasoline evaporates quickly, and if you don’t seal up that gas tank, it will leak out. The Car Care Council estimates that 147 million gallons of gas a year will be lost to evaporation.
  • Service your car. Your fuel economy will drop if you have dirty air filters, old oil, old spark plugs, old belts or other low fluid levels. Keep it in tip-top shape and save on your gas and maintenance bills.

Learn more about how we are 'Going Green'

About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 95 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.

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Steven D. Koehn, VP
First Community Bank and Trust
(708) 946-2246