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Debunking mileage myths just in time for summer trips

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Experts say due to advanced technologies, you don't have to drive a tiny car now to get good fuel economy. (Source: CNN) Experts say due to advanced technologies, you don't have to drive a tiny car now to get good fuel economy. (Source: CNN)

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

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 the Environmental Protection Agency, is that the smaller the car, the better.

This is not so. 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.

Another myth is that premium expensive gas helps you get better mileage. Not quite. 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.

And, then there's the myth that 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.

And lastly, what about the myth that you should let your car idle rather than turn your car off and on because restarting your car uses more gas than idling? This is also not true. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon per hour while sitting for extended periods. The experts recommend that you turn off your car when you're not moving unless, of course, you're sitting in traffic

These are all good tips to know, especially ahead of any long road trips you may have planned for this summer.

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