Ways ro save on gasoline
Transportation cost is one of the biggest money drains in the family.
With just a few simple adjustments to your driving and car-maintenance
habits, you can save some money.
1. Be a Sensible Driver
Easiest way to save on gas is too change the way you drive. Aggressive driving behavior such as speeding and weaving in and out of traffic forces your engine to work harder and can lower your gas mileage by as much as 40 percent on the highway and 5 percent around town. Each car has it's optimal speed for highways, but on average, following the speed limit (100km/hr or about 65m/h) can save you 7 to 10 percent on gas.
2. Use Cruise Control
Turning on your cruise control on the highway will help you maintain a constant speed and help you save gas. This comes from simple physics : F=M x A, where F-force, M-mass of the vehicle and A is acceleration. Cruise control minimizes the acceleration and thus helps your engine work with lesser strain.
3. Lighten Your Load
An extra 50kg or 120 lbs in your car can reduce fuel efficiency by 2...4 percent. Take a look at the same equation above and you will see why. Extra mass is translated in to extra force that has to be generated by the engine.
4. Loose that extra thing on top or aside of your car
Take unnecessary items from outside of your car. If you have a roof rack that isn't being used, remove it to reduce aerodynamic drag. Also remember that waving flag on your antenna will always cost you extra on your gas bill. Any extra mirror, even sticking antenna will increase aerodynamic losses and sometime even small antenna could take 1% of fuel efficiency.
5. Consolidate Your Trips
Parents can easily add up several trips a day by taking kids to school, soccer or practicing games or running errands like grocery shopping or picking up dry cleaning. Starting a cold engine uses up a lot of energy and going back and forth for different purposes is not helping your gas usage ether. To save on gas, combine your trips as much as possible.
6. Don't Idle Your Engine
Generally it is not good to leave your engine running idling for more then 30 seconds. This recommendation is not so good for the diesel engines, but shutting idling gasoline engine will give you savings.
7. Change Your Commute
Talk to your friends about carpools, share riding. Discuss with your boss options to adjust your workday so that you spend less time sitting in traffic. Not only you will save on gas and your productive time spend, but you will be less in dangerous situations and endanger others on the road. Good boss will understand that and will help you to work out an optimal timing.
7. Keep Your Car Well-Tuned
Cleaning carbon build up and replacing spark plugs, wires and other parts can help your engine run at its highest efficiency, improving gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. Fixing serious problems, such as replacing a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent. Other ways to save gas: Changing a clogged air filter can boost your gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. And keep your tires properly inflated and aligned to reduce rolling resistance to improve gas mileage by about 3.3 percent.
There are many tricks but here we will put some of the safest and simplest.
A. Inflate your tires to 37.5psi, instead of regular 35psi, one can save 3 to 5% on the gas.
B. Use better air filters. Many after markets manufacturers are making much better throughput filters. By spending 10..20 dollars more, you could have 50...200 dollars savings on fuel.
We will leave some space at the end of this article for your useful comments. Please share with your common tricks to help others.
But Remember- The best trick of all is to use less of your car and more of your feet. It is better for the environment and for your health too. Chinese say: One have to make 1000 steps a day to live longer.