How To Improve Your Gas Mileage and Save Money At The Gas Pump:
Although we can’t do much to bring the price of gas down, and not all of us can afford to run out and purchase a new gas saving vehicle but we can make sure that we get better gas mileage by applying a few easy tips.
Throughout this page you’ll find many gas saving tips and proven ways to get more mileage for your tank of gas, in addition to a few suggestions and alternatives to your current driving habits.
There are also have a few polls and debates scattered about this page with topics such as saving gas and the environment and it would be great if you could voice your opinions and let us know how you feel about the entire subject.
Gas Saving Tip – Avoid Left Hand Turns:
When you plan your driving route try to avoid making left hand turns. By making more right hand turns you will avoid having to wait at traffic lights, which will waste gas.
Most people if they plan ahead can usually avoid most if not all left hand turns.
Improve Gas Mileage:
improving gas mileage,how to improve gas mileageQuick acceleration and jack rabbit starts will burn more gas than necessary. When you accelerate try to imagine that you have an egg under your gas pedal. Gentle acceleration can save more gas than you may think.
When your on the highway try to keep all windows closed. Open windows create drag therefore using more gas. Although using an air conditioner in stop and go traffic can really burn up the gas, on highway driving it will actually save you gas (up to 8%).
Don’t Rest Your Foot on the Gas Pedal:
It may seem like nothing at all, but by resting your food on the gas pedal at lights and when stopped will use a small amount of extra gas. Although, it may not seem like much it does add up over time.
Are You Carrying Around Excess Weight In Your Car?
Clean out your car and get rid of all the junk that you have been carrying around an don’t need. For every 100 extra ponds in your car you will burn 2% more gas.
And while your at it, this is the perfect reason to drop a few excess pounds that you may be carrying around. By walking whenever possible and eating less junk food you’ll save money on gas and on your grocery bill (and we all know how expensive groceries are right now.
Avoid Excess Idling:
save gas at drive up windowsWhen your stopped more than 2 minutes (such as at the bank drive up or at a fast food restaurant) turn off the car.
You may think that starting shutting off your car than starting it again will use more gas, but if you learn to gently start your car instead of flooring it you will save gas.
With most cars you do not even need to touch the gas pedal when you start the car.
Now if your stop will be less than 2 minutes, it’s best to let the car idle.
At one time they thought that you should shut off your car when stopped for 1 minute, however it has been found that once you include the wear and tear on your starter and other engine parts, the suggested time is now 2 minutes.
Drive At The Speed Limit:
Most cars start to really lose their fuel economy once they start going over 55 mph. Try to stay as near to 55 or 60 as possible (depending on the road’s speed limit). You may think that since you arrive a few minutes quicker at your destination is you drive 70 or 80, your using more gas per mile at these high speeds.
Keep Your Car Properly Tuned:
save on gas by tuning your cars engineA car that needs a tune up wastes more than 4% (some up to 8%).
A tune up for your car tune you $150 depending your model but it will help your car last longer and also save on the amount of gas that you use.
What Octane Does Your Car Need?
Do you know what octane your car really needs or are you just assuming?
Using the right octane for your car may save you several cents per gallon when you fill up.
Unless you know your car runs better at the highest octane or your car manufacturer suggests it, try the next lower grade of octane instead.
If you are not sure check with your car’s handbook or contact a mechanic that you know and trust or the dealership where you purchased your car.