Tips For Saving Money On Your Ballooning Gas Bill

Tips For Saving Money On Your Ballooning Gas Bill



Tips for saving on​ your ballooning gas bill

I recently set a​ record that I'm not happy about. I was actually able to​ put $53.00 worth of​ gas into my mini-van. Holy smokes,​ that really hurts! I'm sure you are setting similar records on​ a​ weekly basis. at​ this rate,​ it's going to​ cost more to​ fuel up your car than to​ pay for the​ car itself!

Well,​ unless you walk everywhere,​ you're going to​ have to​ keep buying gas,​ but there are some things that you can do to​ reduce your fuel expense. Some of​ these you've probably heard before,​ some of​ them may be new!

1) Don't jump off the​ starting line. Your car is​ a​ mass which has to​ be accelerated (by gas and your engine) and decelerated (by your breaks). Rapid acceleration uses more fuel than more gradual acceleration. if​ you're a​ city driver and you have to​ start and stop frequently,​ try accelerating more slowly than you're used to. You don't want to​ hold up traffic of​ course,​ but you don't need to​ jump like a​ stock car racer when the​ light turns green. For city drivers,​ this technique can increase your MPG by 10%

2) Keep your car tuned up. an​ engine in​ tune,​ with good spark plugs and plug wires,​ good ignition timing and a​ clean fuel filter,​ runs better. More of​ the​ chemical energy stored in​ the​ gasoline actually gets converted to​ motion and less gets wasted. Get your car tuned up annually. a​ car that is​ poorly tuned can get 25% LESS gas mileage than the​ same well tuned car. That kind of​ waste will easily pay for an​ annual tune up.

3) Make sure your tires are properly inflated. This is​ actually a​ very important tip. if​ tires are under inflated,​ the​ tires present a​ much larger surface area to​ the​ road. Larger surface area = more drag and resistance that the​ engine has to​ compensate for. Over inflated tires can actually increase mileage because they present the​ lowest rolling resistance,​ but can be dangerous and will wear poorly. So make sure your tires are inflated right to​ where they're supposed to​ be inflated. Look an​ the​ sidewall for a​ PSI rating. You should check this monthly. Any full service gas station will do it​ for you as​ well.

4) Turn off the​ Air Conditioner and use your windows or​ vents if​ it's cool enough. the​ AC is​ driven by an​ AC compressor which places a​ large drain on​ your engine when it​ is​ engaged. it​ can reduce milage by 4 or​ 5%. Some may argue that having your windows open to​ the​ cool the​ car is​ a​ bad idea,​ because it​ changes the​ aerodynamic shape of​ your car,​ and this is​ true at​ higher speeds. Below 40 MPH,​ open windows will have a​ negligible effect on​ your cars aerodynamics.

5) Slow down. as​ a​ car goes faster and faster,​ it​ takes more force from the​ engine to​ push the​ car through the​ air. at​ lower speeds,​ this extra force doesn't really matter,​ but when you approach highway speeds,​ a​ 60 MPH cruise will be much more efficicent than a​ 70 MPH cruise. Now be careful when using this technique. You don't want to​ block traffic,​ but you don't want to​ be driving along in​ the​ left lane doing 85 MPH either. It's a​ waste and it​ doesn't really get you to​ your destination that much faster. Did you know it​ takes 30% more gas to​ drive 70 MPH then 50 MPH?

6) Consider a​ different vehicle. a​ HumVee gets 8 MPH,​ a​ Ford Aspire gets 47! (I had a​ Ford Aspire and loved it). if​ you're a​ single driver going back and forth to​ work daily,​ consider a​ more practical vehicle. My 'other' car is​ a​ 500 cc Honda motorcycle which gets 55 MPG. I'm no SUV nazi,​ so if​ you need a​ big car,​ by all means have one. But if​ you don't,​ then be a​ good steward of​ your money and consider something smaller.

7) Don't use the​ expensive gas. Most people think that if​ high octane gas is​ more expensive,​ then it​ must be better. Right? No,​ that's wrong. High Octane gas burns differently and can be used in​ cars that 'knock',​ but all modern cars are designed to​ use the​ lower octane fuels. Do yourself a​ favor and use the​ cheap stuff. if​ your car is​ knocking badly,​ then instead of​ using the​ expensive gas,​ get your car tuned up because knocking is​ an​ indication of​ a​ condition called,​ 'detonation' and this is​ related to​ an​ engines timing.

8) Plan your travel. Wow,​ this one is​ simple and can have a​ dramatic effect on​ savings. Try to​ get all your errands done in​ one trip. it​ can save a​ lot of​ time as​ well as​ gas and money.

9) When you see a​ red light ahead,​ don't maintain your speed then brake quickly at​ the​ last minute. Instead,​ take your foot off the​ gas and allow your car to​ decelerate slowly. Your engine will be at​ idle during those extended decelerations and your brakes will thank you.

10) Use your cruise control when on​ the​ highway. the​ cruise control will assure that you use continuous gas pressures all the​ time and you'll avoid the​ speed up / slow down / speed up / slow down patterns of​ drivers that don't use cruise control. Avoid the​ accelerations is​ what saves you gas. Set it​ and forget it.

11) Visit www.gasbuddy.com,​ enter your zip code and find the​ gas stations in​ your area that are selling the​ cheapest fuel,​ then buy from them. This is​ a​ great service and can easily save you .10 or​ more on​ each gallon of​ gas.

Using these 11 tips,​ it's reasonable to​ expect that you can save 10%,​ 20% or​ more on​ your gas expenses. Until the​ US starts drilling for oil here in​ the​ states,​ we're all going to​ have to​ learn ways to​ save on​ gas.




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