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Monday, September 28, 2009

13 Ways To Save On Gasoline

NGK spark plug (type BP6ES).Image via Wikipedia

13 Ways To Save On Gasoline
  1. You can save hundreds of dollars a year by using the lowest-octane called for in your owner's manual.
  2. Keep your engine tuned up. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
  3. You can save up to $100 a year on gas by keeping your tires inflated to their proper pressure. Under-inflation wastes fuel--your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle. Check tire pressure once a month.Wheels that are out-of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear or vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side as this decreases mileage.
  4. Observe speed limits. Mileage decreases sharply for every 5 mph above 55 mph.
  5. Drive gently. Avoid sudden accelerations and jerky stop-and-go's. Use cruise-control on open highways to keep your speed as steady as possible to save on mileage.
  6. Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family. Today's vehicles are designed to "warm up" fast, so need to idle for long periods to warm the vehicle up in cold weather.
  7. Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage.
  8. Store luggage/ cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to reduce air drag.
  9. Plan trips. Consolidate your daily errands to eliminate unnecessary driving.
  10. Try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions.
  11. Join a car pool or take public transportation.
  12. Don’t drive! Try walking or biking to your destination, it not only saves money, it’s good for your health (both physical and mental).
  13. Every ten days, motorists who drive with under-inflated tires and poorly maintained engines waste more than 70 million gallons of gasoline. Remember, how your car runs and how you drive it effects your budget and whether or not you’re frugal or wasteful, not to mention the consequences on the environment.

A penny saved is a penny earned,
--Greg

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