Planning that family
vacation or just planning a trip to shopping mall you
begin to think about gas. We have just the right tips on
how you can save gas money.
Ten Tips To Save On
continue to be near all time highs meaning that car
travel is taking a a larger portion out of
each of your paychecks. AAA estimates that the cost of
driving a car including all direct and indirect costs
has surpassed 50 cents a gallon with that price expected
Reducing the cost of driving your car can be done fairly
easy simply by paying a bit more attention to your car.
Here are 10 easy ways to cut the amount of gas your car
1. Purchase your gasoline when it's coolest outside such
as in the early morning or at night. Gas becomes
denser in cooler temperatures. Since gas pumps only
measure the volume of fuel - and not the density
you'll get better overall gas mileage for your money by
purchasing fuel when it's cool outside rather than
in the heat of the day.
2. Religiously check your car's tire pressure each month
(make sure to purchase a good-quality dial-type
gauge for yourself -- pencil-style gauges and the ones
mounted on the air hose are unreliable according to
federal government surveys). Under inflated tires reduce
fuel efficiency by 2% for every pound they are
under inflated. Under inflation also causes premature
tire wear giving your tires a shorter use life.
3. Slow down and drive at the speed limit. Cars use
about 20% more fuel driving at 70 miles per hour than
they do at 55 miles per hour.
4. Avoid using air conditioning whenever possible. Air
conditioning reduces fuel economy by 10% to 20%. Use the
air ventilation system instead.
5. Don't drive with open windows when traveling at high
speeds. Open windows on the highway can reduce
fuel efficiency by 10%. It's much better to use the
6. Remove car racks and other items which make your car
less aerodynamic when they're not being used.
Leaving them on only makes your car less fuel efficient
and costs you money.
7. There is no need to let your car idle. Even on cold
mornings, cars don't need to idle more than 30
seconds. Newer cars are designed to be driven almost
immediately and letting your car idle longer is a
waste of gas.
8. It's more efficient to turn off your car and turn it
on again than to let it idle for more than 45
seconds while waiting.
9. Remove all the excess weight from your car. Many
people use their car trunk as a storage space adding
unneeded pounds to the car's weight. This unnecessary
weight reduces the car's fuel efficiency by about 1% for
every 100 lbs.
10. For most cars, higher octane gas is simply a waste
of money. Regular unleaded (approx. 87 octane or so) is
the least expensive and what you should purchase. It's
important to remember that octane is a
measurement of how hard it is to ignite the gas, not the
quality of the gas. Purchase mid or high octane
gas only if your engine pings, knocks or rattles when
using regular unleaded fuel.
About the author: Copyright Jeffrey Strain. He is owner
http://www.paidtodriveautowrap.com - a website
dedicated to telling you the truth on why getting paid
to drive a car isn't as easy as many make it out to be.
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