21 ways to save yourself on gas pump
With national gasoline prices over four dollars a gallon, many people have big problems filling the gas tank of your car. Americans are spending about four percent of their take home pay for fuel. Gasoline is now competing with the costs that consumers pay for housing and feeding.
Below is a list of ways consumers can save at the pump.
1. The use of E85 ethanol – if the car is a flexible fuel vehicle, use e85. E85 fuel is a mixture consisting of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. If you do not have a flexible fuel vehicle engine for the use of E85, consider using a conversion kit for E85 ethanol. The use of ethanol supports America and its farmers. Consult your car manual operation to see if your car is a flexible fuel vehicle.
2. Use the natural curves for lowering speed – Land use to slow its speed is more like a way to save your brakes. But if you do not use the brakes to slow down, this means you have to remove the throttle earlier when approaching a stop.
3. Use cruise control – Use of cruise control will keep your vehicle going at a constant speed which will reduce your fuel consumption per mile.
4. Follow speed limits – If you follow the speed limit, you can improve your fuel economy by 23.7%. Different vehicles vary, but gas mileage usually decreases when traveling above 60 miles per hour. Each 5 mph to drive over 60 miles per hour is basically paying an additional $ 0.20 per gallon of gasoline.
5. Use cash when refueling – Recently, many gas stations have been doing some sneaky advertising. Advertise a cheaper price in their great lineup, however, to reach the pump may be displayed other the highest price, about ten cents. That price is more expensive for people who pay with their credit cards, the cheapest price is for a cash payment.
6. Keep tires properly checked – Remember low-pressure tires can reduce miles per gallon by 0.4 percent for each psi. When tires are properly pressurized, they are safer and can last longer. Properly pressurized tires add up to 3% to your fuel economy.
7. Remove excess weight from your vehicle – If your vehicle has books, golf clubs, tools, clothing, etc. keep them out of your vehicle. Excess weight means more fuel consumption to carry it.
8. Keep windows closed – Keep car windows open all the time while driving drag. Drag reduces miles per gallon car.
9. Change the engine oil regularly- Having oil change every 3000 miles or after every three months will help keep engine well lubricated. A well lubricated engine will run smoother and more efficiently.
10. Change your oil and air filters – In addition to improving fuel efficiency by up to 10%, changing filters regularly will help save your engine. Air filters remove impurities and keep your engine.
11. Have your car tuned – Keep the vehicle well tuned can increase fuel consumption by up to 4%.
12. Wax your car – A bit of a stretch since the saving is negligible, but keep your car clean to reduce the resistance. The smoother the surface, the more aerodynamic.
13. Remove roof rack – A roof rack, when loaded, can reduce the economy of a vehicle fuel economy by 5 percent. If the roof rack is not used, can still produce resistance.
14. Do not let your car idle – When waiting for your car, they’re just wasting gas. Your car only needs about 30 seconds after starting to be ready to drive.
15. Use the correct octane gasoline – Consult the manual for your particular car. If you are paying for high quality gasoline, you may be paying five to thirty cents more per gallon, then you need to be. Most cars on the road today the needs of lower octane gasoline. Using anything above that can be a waste because it does not get better gas mileage.
16. Use the recommended grade of motor oil – Use of car recommended grade of motor oil will increase fuel consumption by up to 2%.
17. Use fuel injector cleaner – Day to day checking of fuel injectors will allow your car to have better injection mechanism. clogged fuel injectors means that the gas does not distributed and hence burnt efficiently. if your car takes more time to start troubleshoot the issue mentioned above.
18. Use public transport – Using buses and trains is very much envoirnment friendly as compare to driving your own vehicle and exhaust tonns of CO2 in atmosphere. It will reduce your fuel budget, but may increase other costs.
19. Walking, jogging, cycling, etc – Short trips in the car can be unnecessary. If you are driving around the block, try walking. It will save gas and improve your health.
20. Carpool – If you can find someone else to drive your school or workplace, to improve fuel economy by 50%. If you find three other people, which improves fuel economy by 66%. And so on.
21. Make one stop shopping – not drive from store to store. A constant interruption and starting will waste gas.
Air filter savings based on Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 1981. Automobile fuel consumption in real traffic conditions. Paris, France. The tests were conducted before the introduction of computer-controlled engines and fuel injection. The Energy Department is currently investigating the effects of fuel economy clogged air filters in modern engines.
Posted by engr. David