7 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON GAS PART 1
Gas Saving Part1
7 Ways To Save Money On Gas
Right now, gas prices seem to be going down. we all now, though, that this is probably only a short-term situation, and that sooner or later, gas prices will be climbing again.
Even with gas prices declining the reality is that they are still close to $3 a gallon.. This means that filling the tank is still a hefty purchase. There’s no doubt then, that we can all always use a few techniques for saving on gas. Here are seven ways we can avoid overspending on gas, by working on increasing the fuel mileage and increasing our car's fuel efficiency.
Gas Saving Tip 1. Don’t Idle Your Vehicle for Long Periods of Time
Avoid excessive idling. Idling a vehicle wastes fuel. When you need to make a quick stop, it’s likely that you often just leave your vehicle running rather than turning it off to avoid wasting gas on starting the engine again. However, idling for more than a minute wastes much more gas than merely turning the ignition off and back on. This is why at train crossings, pop always turn off their cars.
Avoid congested areas when commuting to work. High-traffic times are not good for fuel efficiency. You're stopping and starting, idling, weaving, and probably taking part in just about every bad habit. If there’s a detour that moves you to get past a congested area on your way to work, you should use it, even if the total mileage you drive increases a bit.
Gas Saving Tip 2. Leave the Aggressive Driving at the Curb
Driving the speed limit and avoiding suddenly quick acceleration can save you lots of gas in the long run if you’re an aggressive driver. The most fuel-efficient speed may be the point at which your vehicle shifts to high gear. After that, your efficiency decreases significantly the faster you go.
Avoid tailgating and constantly hitting the brakes. You can avoid wasting fuel by not tailgating. In these instances, you'll often be pressing the gas to regain the speed lost from braking which forces you to correct your following distance by applying your brakes, causing a vicious cycle. This constant up and down uses up more fuel than just driving steadily and at a safe distance. Use cruise control. In most situations, using your cruise control reduces fuel consumption by maintaining a constant speed.
Accelerate slowly. Every time you punch the gas to quickly accelerate after stopping you are burning extra fuel and increasing tire wear. By accelerating more slowly you are only using the fuel required to get the vehicle to the cruising speed. Allowing the car to lose speed going up hills and gain speed going down increases efficiency as well.
Drive smoothly. When you weave in and out of lanes, you're constantly speeding up and slowing down. Relax and stick to one lane.
If your car has an automatic transmission with overdrive, make sure you enable overdrive except when towing very heavy trailers. Overdrive saves you gas mileage at higher speeds by using a lower ratio from engine speed to wheel speed - this places the engine at a more efficient operating point (by reducing throttling losses, etc).
Gas Saving Tip 3. Plan your trips
Do you find yourself leaving your home several times a day to take care of menial tasks? Save loads of money on your gas consumption by consolidating your errands into one trip. Keep lists of needs that will require a trip and try to accomplish multiple objectives with each. This will not increase your fuel mileage but it will help you drive less (which, in turn, means you use less gas).
Gas Saving Tip 4. Make Your Car Lighter
Lighten your load. Get the lightest car that will serve your needs. Weight is one of the biggest causes for loss of kinetic energy in non-hybrid cars. If you're not shopping for cars, then take any extra weight off of the one you're already driving. Get rid of any unnecessary weight such as golf clubs or unnecessary tools and materials. Lowering the tailgate on a pickup truck actually reduces your gas mileage by reducing drag, too. If the tailgate isn't lowered, an air cushion is created behind the cab that creates a low drag surface for the air to travel over.
But if you do have to carry something, carry it in your trunk, not on the rack on top of your car. With something on top of your car, there is way more drag, slowing your car down, making it more difficult to accelerate. For every hundred pounds of weight inside of a car, the fuel efficiency is decreased anywhere from 1 to 2 percent. This must be why I am away on a diet!
Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of this article and the remainder of the 7 Gas Saving tips. And, if you have an unusual method for fuel efficiency, please share it - we’d love to know.
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