30 Gas Saving Tips

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The surest way you can improve your fuel cost problem is to

change your motoring habits. Listed below under four categories

are 30 effective methods of doing so... no need to buy expensive

add-on equipment.


1. Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings -

30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.

2. Be sure the automatic choke is disengaged after engine warm

up... chokes often get stuck, resulting in bad gas/air mixture.

3. Don't start and stop engine needlessly. Idling your engine

for one minute consumes the gas amount equivalent to when you

start the engine.

4. Avoid "reving" the engine, especially just before you switch

the engine off; this wastes fuel needlessly and washes oil down

from the inside cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.

5. 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



6. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day - early morning or

late evening is best. During these times gasoline is densest.

Keep in mind - 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. 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 40 mph forces your auto to overcome tremendous wind


10. Never exceed legal speed limit. Primarily they are set for

your traveling safety, however better gas efficiency also

occurs. Traveling at 55 mph give you up to 21% better mileage

when compared to former legal speed limits of 65 mph and 70 mph.

11. Traveling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45%

more fuel than is needed.

12. 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.

13. Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open

windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10%.

14. Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel.

Also avoid tailgating - the driver in front of you is

unpredictable. Not only is it unsafe, but if affects your

economy, if he slows down unexpectedly.

15.Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it

before you reach the hill, not while you're on it.


16. 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.

17. Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel

rob you of up to 30% of your gas mileage.

18. 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.

19. Stoplights are usually timed for your motoring advantage. By

traveling steadily at the legal speed limit you boost your

chances of having the "green light" all the way.

20. 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.

21. Park car so that you can later begin to travel in forward

gear; avoid reverse gear maneuvers to save gas.

22. Regular tune-ups ensure best economy; check owner's manual

for recommended maintenance intervals. Special attention should

be given to maintaining clean air filters... diminished air flow

increases gas waste.

23. 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.

24. Remove snow tires during good weather seasons; traveling on

deep tire tred really robs fuel!

25. 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.

26. Remove vinyl tops - they cause air drag. Rough surfaces

disturb otherwise smooth air flow around a car's body. Bear in

mind when buying new cars that a fancy sun roof helps disturb

smooth air flow (and mileage).

27. Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10% to 20%.

Heater fan, power windows and seats increase engine load; the

more load on your engine, the less miles per gallon.

28. 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.

29. Car pools reduce travel monotony and gas expense - all

riders chip in to help you buy. Conversation helps to keep the

driver alert. Pooling also reduces traffic congestion, gives the

driver easier maneuverability and greater "steady speed"

economy. For best resutls, distribute passenger weight evenly

throughout car.

30. During cold weather watch for icicles frozen to car frame.

Up to 100 lbs. can be quickly accumulated! Unremoved snow and

ice cause tremendous wind resistance. Warm water thrown on (or

hosed on) will eliminate it fast.


Install pressure regulator valve (sold in auto parts stores)...

Use graphite motor oil... Beware of oil additives, regardless of

advertising claims... Add Marvel Mystery Oil into gas

fill-ups... Investigate fuel/water injection methods and

products... combine short errands into one trip... Use special

gas additives to prevent winter freezing of gas lines... convert

your V8 engine over to a V4 - no special kits needed!!!

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