Tips on Saving Gas


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have been trying to save on gas since automobiles started using gas. When gasoline was nineteen cents a gallon, everyone thought gas prices too high and would run the tank dry to keep from buying even a dollars worth. Then as now the best way to save money on fuel was regular maintenance on the vehicle. Oil changes every three thousand miles and tune-ups every twelve thousand miles. There is nothing like new spark plugs and new air filters for the carburetor or fuel injection system. The oil change helps to keep the engine running smoothly by not fouling the plugs with dirty oil. When valve cover gaskets leak oil, they can also foul the plugs, and that will cause a significant loss in fuel efficiency.

Tires not inflated to the right pressure can cause problems and decrease gas mileage. Inflate tires to the recommended pressure. It is usually thirty to thirty-five psi in the owners manual. Check air twice a month and every time the tires look a little low. Its an easy test, and takes in less than five minutes.

Oil and transmission fluid checked before driving each day avoids problems. All fluids including coolant and battery levels verified at the beginning of each day prevent breakdowns. A car that won’t start uses a lot of fuel.

Switching to a more fuel efficient vehicle is a good way to save gas.

Eight-cylinder motors use more fuel than six-cylinder motors, and four-cylinder engines use even less. Motorcycles use less fuel than automobiles. Bicycles use no gasoline at all. A vehicle that gets thirty miles per gallon will save a thousand dollars a year over a car that gets 20 miles per gallon.

A public transit system is a great way to save gas money. Taking a train or bus to work will significantly reduce the amount you spend on transportation.

If you have to drive your car, there are ways to cut your fuel bills. First, don’t let your car sit in idle. Don’t try to warm it up in the driveway before you go to work. Get in the car and start driving it to get it warm. Cut off the motor when you are stalled in traffic and restart the engine when the stall moves out again. Use the lowest octane recommended for your vehicle. Ethyl in a four cylinder doesn’t make since and will not increase mileage. Drive at 55 for efficient mileage per gallon. The tailwind of large trucks allows for coasting behind for fuel efficiency. Just don’t follow so close that it endangers you. Empty as much weight from your trunk and storage areas to increase mileage.

Follow these tips to become a hypermiling driver who saves more on gasoline than anyone else to become the darling of the Environmental Protection Agency and save enough for a retirement plan.

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