Smart Gas-Saving Tips
The surest way you can improve your fuel cost problem is to change your motoring habits. If you are serious about saving money on gas, and we bet you are, read on for some more helpful tips and ideas on how you can minimize your costs. Incorporate as many savings tips as possible and get the most mileage out of your money.
Accelerate normally from a fully stopped position. “Flooring” the gas pedal pushes more fuel to the engine and wastes gasoline.
Slow down. Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding up wastes gas. Every time your speed exceeds 55 mph your fuel economy drops by 2 percent. Avoid tailgating, not only is it dangerous, but slowing down unexpectedly negatively affects your fuel consumption.
Driving fast in low gears consumes up to 45% more gas than is needed. We suggest that you drive at the speed limit because it saves you 1/3 of the cost of a gallon. Every mile over the speed limit adds $.02 cents per gallon and it burns faster. So try cruising on the highway.
Wind resistance. Exceeding 45 mph forces your car to overcome tremendous wind resistance which in turn uses more horsepower and gas.
Close your windows. When driving on a highway keep your windows closed. This relates to the property of wind resistance. Your car has to work harder to maintain the desired speed causing air drag and losing momentum.
Stick shifts are more economical then automatic cars. Manual shift driven cars allow you to change to highest gear as soon as possible, thereby letting you save gas. However it can also cause the engine to overload and premature wearing of engine parts may occur.
Think ahead when approaching hills. Don’t accelerate when driving uphill it makes your mileage per gallon go up. Instead, try to drive at the same speed, or even a little slower.
Remove the luggage & roof racks from your car and all related outdoorsy gear and put it away until they are back in season. Get rid of the junk in your trunk. The extra wait reduces your mileage per gallon.
Avoid using your engine needlessly. Resting your engine consumes a lot of gas. However, if and when you are at a standstill at a railroad crossing, or long traffic light, etc. place gear into neutral position. This reduces transmission strain and allows transmission to cool without wasting fuel.
Don’t take a long time to warm up the engine, 40 seconds is enough time.
Avoid overfilling the gas tank. If the nozzle is automatic, wait for the click which indicates that you have filled up your car to full capacity. Overfilling the tank causes spills and wastes gas.
The best time to buy gas is when it’s coolest outside – which is either early morning or late evening. During these times gasoline is densest. Density measures mass per unit of volume and gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to “volume of measurement”.
Choose type and brand of gasoline carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater economy because of better quality. If your vehicle does not require premium grade gas don’t use it. You get better fuel economy with a lower gasoline grade.
Check your vehicle’s air filter and tire pressure. A clogged or dirty air filter can slow your vehicle down and use more gasoline. Under-inflated tires could cause excessive drag, slowing the vehicle and causing the engine to consume more gas.
Avoid driving on roughness whenever possible, because dirt or gravel strips your gas mileage. Now with the ability to use navigation devices and maps you can “mapquest” the least resistant traveling distance avoiding too many curves and turns and corners, since all the extra maneuvering requires more fuel.
Perform regular check-ups to ensure smooth operation of your vehicle. As you know, any unforeseen malfunction causes problems in other areas. Even if your car seems to be running well, that mystifying “Check Engine” light could represent a dead oxygen sensor or some other emissions control problem that causes the vehicle to waste several miles per gallon.
Air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10% to 20%. Heater fan, power windows and seats increase engine load; the more load on your engine, the less miles per gallon.
During cold weather watch for piled up snow and ice on the car frame since they cause tremendous wind resistance. Warm water will quickly dissolve any accumulations.
Look into hybrid cars. They are very efficient and environmentally friendly. It may feel different driving it at first, but the fuel savings you get out of the vehicle are phenomenal. There are hybrids out there that will get you 66 miles per gallon!
Get your money back right at the pump by using Gas Rebate Cards. Here’s a great bonus tip that will increase your gas savings twofold! Use one of the top rated gas rebate cards of your choice like “The Discover® Platinum Gas Card” or “Blue Cash® from American Express” to buy a prepaid discount gas card(s) at your local gas station and then use it at the pump. Not only are you saving money by using the discount gas card, but you are also getting cash back for buying it with a gas rebate card! Now that’s what we call real savings! Try this tomorrow and see how much more money you’ll get back.