Gas Saving Part 2

Gas Saving Part2

7 Ways To Save Money On Gas 

Part 2

More Money-Saving Tips: How to Use Less Gas

This is a continuation of last week’s article on 7 Ways to Save Money on Gas. If you missed part 1, click here to read it.

Gas Saving Tip 5. Keep Your Car Tuned


A properly tuned engine maximizes power and can greatly enhance fuel efficiency. Keep your car tuned-up at manufacturer recommended intervals to optimize your miles per gallon. For maximum fuel economy, it's a good idea to change spark plugs and wires on schedule, and also the coil(s) when their effectiveness is breaking down (which can be evidenced by shorting internally). The better your engine runs, the more power it will produce, thereby using less fuel. We can check your coils and spark plugs and let you know if it is time for a change.


Keep your oil and air filters changed. Using synthetic oil additive with either natural or synthetic oil can increase your gas mileage by up to 15% if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommended usage. As a bonus, with synthetic oil additive, fewer oil changes are needed, saving your time and reducing trips to the mechanic. In addition, fewer oil changes mean less used oil trashed - so this is good for the environment as well. If you are unsure, ask your mechanic about what oil you should be using for your car and for saving gas.  


As part of your tune up, change your air filter. A dirty air filter will rob the engine of power and efficiency. An engine with a dirty air filter will use more gas than a clean filter. So if it's been a while, get it changed.


Gas Saving Tip 6. Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure.


Properly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%. Check your tire pressure more often when the outside temperature changes greatly. Properly inflated tires will increase your traveling distance on a tank of gas. Under-inflated and greatly over-sized tires have more rolling resistance and this will reduce your miles per gallon (MPG) and cause tire wear from the excessive friction. If you do need new tires, get radials. They have a low rolling resistance, keeping your car aerodynamic. Amazing that something as easy and simple as tire inflation can have an effect.


Gas Saving Tip 7. Monitor your fuel consumption.


DMaintain a log over time of how many miles you go (the main odometer) and how much gas you put in (from the gas pump, including fractions). Put it in a spreadsheet. You will never know for sure if you're saving fuel, wasting fuel, or just seeing errors from gas pumps that stop pumping at different points, or fractions of miles being dropped off your 'trip' odometer when you reset it.  


If you're trying to find a direct way to control the amount of gas you are using, monitoring how hard your engine is working is key. Try monitoring the R.P.M.s (or revolutions per minute) your engine is running at. It's like monitoring your pulse to find out how hard your heart is working You will find that there are RPM ranges which are ideal for your car and others that are not. If you find the engine is running at above 3000 R.P.M.s, it's possible you're accelerating unnecessarity at a low gear. So, ease off the pedal and let the engine build up a higher speed at a lower RPM.  


Most cars have a left gauge next to the speedometer called the tachometer. It measures your RPM at x1000 which means if your gauge indicates halfway between 2 & 3, you're running at 2,500 RPM. A comfort/efficient RPM zone is between 2000 and 3000 RPM, however, try to stay below 2000 as much as possible and not much over 2700; only when necessary, such as moving uphill through a traffic light from a stopped position.


This means you won't get above 40 mph (64 km/h) the majority of the time in city driving and you'll achieve 50–55 mph (80–89 km/h) most of the time and up to 65 mph (105 km/h) on the highway and still be running at 2500 RPM. Try to find your comfort/efficient zone and perhaps you can get a few more MPGs by watching how hard your engine is working!  


I know you are groaning right now because these speeds seem so slow. But try it, and then try driving your normal speed,, and you will see that the majority of time, the difference in how long you trip takes is only 5 to 10 minutes longer at the slower speed. Well worth the money saving most likely.


In summary, you need to consider keeping your car well-maintained, modifying your driving habits and planning ahead in order to get the most out of your fuel consumption. With the extra savings, it could mean an extra dinner out a month, hardly something to ignore.


If you have more gas saving tips you use, please share them.

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