20 Fuel-Saving Tips

I’d been sick last week and could not really gather enough ideas for my blog.

For this today, I was opting to write about gas saving suggestions now that the price is climbing up (and has become paralyzing) again but I remember  hubby’s article written years ago and I am copy pasting it here. And besides, he has more credibility writing about car-related post since “car stuffs” is so rooted in him.

The following items are 20 tips to consider in order to save gas and money:

  1. Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings—30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.
  2. Don’t start and stop engine needlessly. Idling your engine for one minute consumes the gas amount equivalent to when you start the engine.
  3. Avoid “revving” the engine, especially just before you switch the engine off; it consumes unnecessary amount of fuel and washes oil down from the inside cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.
  4. Eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop. Don’t push pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel. This allows carburetor to function at peak efficiency.
  5. Avoid sudden breaks—it wastes 25% of fuel.
  6. Buy gasoline during the coolest time of day—early morning or late evening is best because gasoline is at its densest. Keep in mind that gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to “volume of measurement”.
  7. Choose type and brand of gasoline carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater economy because of better quality. Use the brands which “seem” most beneficial.
  8. Image: nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
    Image: nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Avoid filling gas tank to top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill gas tank past the first “click” of fuel nozzle, if nozzle is automatic.

  9. Exceeding 75kph forces your auto to overcome tremendous wind resistance.
  10. Traveling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45% more fuel than is needed.
  11. Manual shift driven cars allow you to change to highest gear as soon as possible, thereby letting you save gas if you “nurse it along”. However, if you cause the engine to “bog down”, premature wearing of engine parts occurs.
  12. Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you’re on it.
  13. Do not rest left foot on floor board pedals while driving. The slightest pressure puts “mechanical drag” on components, wearing them down prematurely. This dragging also demands additional fuel usage.
  14. Use alternate roads when safer, shorter, straighter. Compare traveling distance differences—remember that corners, curves and lane jumping requires extra gas. The shortest distance between two points is always straight.
  15. Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when your car is idling at a standstill, e.g. railroad crossings, long traffic lights, etc. Place gear into neutral position. This reduces transmission strain and allows transmission to cool.
  16. Park car so that you can later begin to travel in forward gear; avoid reverse gear maneuvers to save gas.
  17. Regular tune-ups ensures best economy; check owner’s manual for recommended maintenance intervals. Special attention should be given to maintaining clean air filters because diminished air flow increases gas waste.
  18. Inspect suspension and chassis parts for occasional misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, bad shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and are unsafe at high traveling speeds.
  19. Inflate all tires to maximum limit. Each tire should be periodically spun, balanced and checked for out-of-round. When shopping for new tires, get large diameter tires for rear wheels. Radial designs are the recognized fuel-savers; check manufacturer’s specifications for maximum tire pressures.
  20. Remove excess weight from trunk or inside of car – extra tires, back seats, unnecessary heavy parts. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially when driving up inclines.
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