Save Gas when You Drive
Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Lynn, Eng, Doug Collins
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Fuel efficient driving
- 3 Other useful tips
- 4 Find good gas prices
- 5 Tips, tricks and warning
- 6 Comments
Tired of shaking your head every time you gas up? Ever wondered about a way you can get the most out of every gallon of gasoline you buy? Who doesn't wonder about these things? Today it often seems like the price of gas goes up every single time we fill up. From simple saving tips to the most absurd strategy, those who are well-off and cheapskates alike have all been trying to find ways to get the most out of every gas fill. So what does it really take to save on gas? In this wiki you will learn how to ingeniously manage your tank along with other tips and tricks you may not have stumbled upon on your own.
Fuel efficient driving
Seriously? No! Of course not. This step means minimizing your vehicle use. The best way for you to burn less fuel is undoubtedly to drive fewer miles. However this doesn't necessarily mean for you to ride your bike or commute every time you go work, although that is a good advice if possible. It will do you good to combine and plan trips ahead of time rather than taking several short trips for a variety of tasks. Combining trips can save both fuel and time.
- 1On the other hand, all vehicles are least fuel efficient and even most polluting at the start of journeys and short trips. Your car's catalytic converters (air pollution and emission reducer) in general do not operate properly until the engine is warmed up. If you are using your car for less than five kilometers it won't allow the engine to reach peak operating performance.Advertisement
- 2If you're planning to buy groceries in the next block, why not do yourself and our environment a favor by just simply biking or walking. Not only is this good for your health, but it will also save you over a quarter of a kilogram of those dangerous greenhouse gas emissions per kilometer of you driving your car.Advertisement
- 3If you've got to go to several adjacent places at once, park centrally rather than at each single store. Driving from one store to the other can waste a lot of gas. These steps may take a lot of physical effort and planning, but it can definitely squeeze a few extra days in between gas fill ups.
Tune-up your car
You must think that this is compulsory and utilized by all vehicle drivers, but in reality, very few realize how a fine-tuned car can save them hundreds of bucks. A car with varying engine problems will be less fuel efficient and weak performance wise.
- 1Tune up. A well-kept and up to date maintained engine runs more smoothly and efficiently. You can save gas simply through a simple tune-up, and remember to supplement with friction-reducing motor oil.
- 2Tidy up. Refrain from leaving any unnecessary items in your trunk. The extra weight can drag the car and won't help save gas.
- 3Ditch roof racks. Sure, it looks cool on your car. But if you're not carrying kayaks, skis or bicycles, there's really no need to put it there as it just increases drag.
- 4Inspect the tires. Remember to always check your tires and keep them properly inflated. More rolling resistance means more work for your engine, thus more fuel consumption. Never over-inflate as it may cause a dangerous loss of friction and can lead to other problems.
You may not know it, but starting and stopping your car repeatedly in short terms is very polluting, aside from being much less fuel efficient. Try to avoid travelling during peak-hours and avoid congested roads whenever possible.
- 1Do not batter that accelerator. Each successive rev equals more fuel usage. Keep in mind not to be too close to the car in front of you, so you can anticipate braking better and travel with the traffic's flow. This doesn't just avoid unnecessary fuel usage, but it is also safer for you and anyone you are driving with.
- 2When you see traffic stoppages ahead, allow your foot to let go the accelerator and let the car drop in speed and the engine to slow gradually. You can do this better by changing gears. Avoid driving at a constant speed and applying breaks at the last minute.
- 3Getting back to normal cruising speed while your car is still moving also definitely uses far less petrol than if you stop and start the car again.
Obviously, the more weight your car carries the more fuel it will use. For this reason do not use your car as a mobile storeroom. Heavy items like sports equipment, grills and other heavy items should be left at home when you don't need them on your trip.
Air conditioning woes
Air-conditioning tends to use a lot of your fuel. It can use about 10 percent extra fuel when operating. However, air conditioning is more fuel efficient at speeds of 80 kilometers per hour than open Windows as the latter creates aerodynamic drag. If you can't stand the heat inside your car after you get in, roll open all Windows until the hot air all goes out before you turn on the air conditioning.
You think that more speed means more fuel efficiency right? Wrong. Your fuel consumption increases significantly when you reach speeds of about 90 km/h and at 110 km/h your vehicle uses up to 25 percent more gas than it would driving at 90 km/h. Use cruise control if your car has one, as using it when you're on a highway can help you maintain steadier speed, thus saving fuel.
You might think it's essential, but most cars don't really need to warm up by idling before setting off for a drive. This just wastes fuel. Just start your car when you're ready to drive and once you're on the road, minimize your fuel wasted in idling by simply stopping your engine whenever you stop the car for an extended time period. You will save more gas by turning off your engine than is lost during the fuel burst when you start the car anyway.
Other useful tips
- 1Whether you're hyper miling or just giving your car a hot-rodding, the best way to increase mileage is by paying strict attention to your car, the commute and your driving habits.
Refrain from using ethanol
Gasoline which has been cut with 10-15 percent ethanol, otherwise called e10 or e15, is basically a MPG killer because gasoline stores more energy than ethanol. So it basically takes more ethanol than gasoline to go the same distance.
Find good gas prices
Use a fuel with the lowest octane required
Gas merchandisers naturally compete with each other. Low octane or regular is typically all that you need and what your car requires. Octane is just a rating of the fuel's resistance to knock or engine-damaging pre-ignition in a high-performance engine.
- 1Low octane gas is generally least expensive and is of a better value that your car requires. To be sure, remember to check your owner's manual. High performance and modern engine requires higher octane as they are engineered to use those.
- 2Engines also requires less octane at higher altitudes. Paying more for a higher octane car when your engine is not knocking only exposes you to a bigger bill. Besides, higher octane makes no significant improvement on your vehicle's mileage and is no better for the engine.
Join loyalty clubs
Various gas stations, along with several department stores and groceries, offer lower prices when you possess membership cards. Look out for lower prices and verify that their prices are indeed lower than any stations in your neighborhood.
You should buy gas three days before a holiday because most gas price increase during holiday seasons.
Do not be too brand conscious
You should buy where there's a better deal. Note that there isn't much difference between regular gas brands. They just fill their tanks with the closest refineries and the only noticeable difference is the propriety additive packages that they mix with the fuel after loading it. All additives should meet EPA and OEM performance tests so the only difference is the superior performance that that these brands advertise.
- 1Fuel saving tips and tricks often works best on lightly traveled roads. One good example is to follow the racing line through a corner or simply time a traffic light by slowing down car-lengths away from the immediate stop line and rolling until the light turns green.
- 2If you're a hyper miler, then you most likely think of pushing your car out of the garage to avoid using extra gas, or parking in a space that's so inclined for you to get back to traffic. Hyper milers also use Newton's first law of motion to its full extent; that is, keeping your car in motion for as long as possible.
- 4It will do you good to anticipate traffic flows as you drive. When coming down a hill, remember to leave your foot off the accelerator and don't floor it just to get to a stoplight. Your life is more important than saving gas, right?