Sunday, June 05, 2005

10 Ways to Save Money on Gas


1. Avoid High Speeds
As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.

2. Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard
By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.

3. Keep Tires Properly Inflated
Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.

4. Use A/C Sparingly
When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.

5. Keep Windows Closed
Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.

6. Service Vehicle Regularly
Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.

7. Use Cruise Control
Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.

8. Avoid Heavy Loads
Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.

9. Avoid Long Idle
If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

10. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle
When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle's rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will provide you with great fuel economy.

Sidenote: So, if you're not supposed to use the A/C...'re not supposed to roll the windows are you supposed to breathe??? Hmmmmmmm

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Anonymous said...

Or you could simply get yourself a rich sugar daddy and not have to worry about money.

lpkitten said...

i'm just waiting for my boyfriend to get rich....ha!

Anonymous said...

sounds like you should just find yourself a richer boyfriend ;)

GPV said...

well,I tried it and it works!!
I put 10 gallons of fuel in my Ford Transit and rode for 30m and back,when I checked on fuel level
I found more fuel left than when I

Sparkling said...

How to breathe with the windows up and the AC off? Try the fan.

Bobby said...

make more Money

No BS said...

No AC would not work here in Arizona. It gets to 120 in the summer!

Marinade Dave said...

Very good advice, except for one detail. Most automotive experts will agree with this and I recently proved it to my sister. We were on our way to visit the beach and it was 85 degrees out and humid. She had the windows down. I told her that once you reach speeds of 55 MPH and above, your vehicle is no longer aerodynamic. If you close the windows and turn the AC on, your mileage will increase. She said, no, that's not what her husband told her. I said, try it. She has a MPG display on her vehicle. It went from 17 to 22 in no time with the windows closed. Most AC units are a lot more efficient than they used to be.

Pat Kirby said...

Er, it gets hot here in the desert. If you're not running the AC, you must have the windows open or it'll feel like riding in a super speedy Easy-Bake oven.

lpkitten said...

pat, for sure, i feel your pain...i do live in southern california after all