Monday, March 17, 2008

Saving Gas Tips

Here are some tips I found on the net I am posting this in my blog too incase you lose it later. They are really good tips.

Here are some of mine:

If you have a walmart go into store and purchase money on a Walmart card it will take 3 cents off at the gas pump for each gal you get from the orginal price they have listed.

Carpool with family friends on errands it will be fun make it a day to get it all done.

If you have two cars one small and one larger-Let the person that has more errands during the week use the smaller car. It may be squishy for you and the kids in smaller car but if your out and about more you will save more on gas then your spouse who just drives back and forth to work.

Don't spend so much time looking for the perfect parking space. WALK! Your wasting gas.
Dont use drive throughs especially if there is more then one car in front of you, go inside instead save gas.

If you have a mini van and dont need all the room for seats on the older models you can take them out! Saving pounds on your car

They say if you have a lose cap you can lose two miles per gallon also with trucks if you leave the tail gate down or have one of those nets on it your actually not getting good gas milelage I saw this tested on one of those "Myth Buster shows"

If you have one please list it too

Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use.

Use overdrive gears. Overdrive gears improve the fuel economy of your car during highway driving.

Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.

Anticipate driving situations. If you anticipate traffic conditions and don't tailgate, you can avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, and improve your fuel economy by 5 to 10 percent.

Avoid unnecessary idling. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait. No matter how efficient your car is, unnecessary idling wastes fuel, costs you money and pollutes the air.

Combine errands. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.

Remove excess weight from the trunk. Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by one to two percent.

Keep your engine tuned. Studies have shown that a poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 to 20 percent depending on a car's condition.

Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. Underinflated tires cause fuel consumption to increase by six percent.

Change your oil. Clean oil reduces wear caused by friction between moving parts and removes harmful substances from the engine.

Check and replace air filters regularly. Your car's air filter keeps impurities in the air from damaging internal engine components. Clogged filters can cause up to a 10% increase in fuel consumption.

Buy only the octane level gas you need. Remember, the higher the octane, the higher the price.

Check your owner's manual to determine the right octane level for your car.

Own a fuel efficient vehicle. The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $1,500 over 5 years.

Tips:If you're dissatisfied with a gas-saving product, contact the manufacturer for a refund. Most companies offer money-back guarantees. Contact the company, even if the guarantee period has expired.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evaluated or tested more than 100 alleged gas-saving devices and has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage.

Don't be lured by testimonials by satisfied customers using gas-saving products. Few consumers have the ability or the equipment to test for precise changes in gas mileage.

If the seller claims that its product has been evaluated by the EPA, ask for a copy of the EPA report, or check for information.

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