Save Gas, 7 Steps to Better Gas Mileage

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Gas is getting more and more expensive and if you have a long commute or if you just like to drive the gas bill can become a burden.

Luckily there are many ways to save gas without investing in a new car or in fake add-on kits. I’ll show you seven ways that are widely available and easy to do.

1. KEEP A SUITABLE TIRE PRESSURE

Driving with tires not properly inflated increases the rolling resistance of your tires and spoils your gas mileage. It also can make a tire overheat and blow.

Inflate your tires at least to the maximum allowed by the car’s instruction manual, and check the pressure at least once a month using a reliable pressure gauge.

Many hypermilers inflate their tires more than that, to the maximum pressure printed on the sidewalls of the tires themselves. This is often as much as 60 percent more than what the car manufacturer recommends and it will give additional gas savings due to lesser rolling resistance.

The downside is a harder and less comfortable ride. I can’t however suggest that you do this, even if it IS safe, as there is a risk of uneven tire wear in some circumstances.

2. DETACH TRAILERS, SKI BOXES AND ROOF RACKS

If you have the impression that it’s a hassle to take off the roof rack or ski box when it’s not needed you may need to reconsider! It’s the same thing if you drive a pick-up truck without a flatbed cover or if you tow an empty trailer for no reason.

Anything that you attach to the outside of the car will spoil the aerodynamics of the car and with that your fuel economy. Remove roof racks, ski boxes, bicycle holders and trailers when they are unused.

3. TURN OFF THE A/C

Despite what some would say the air conditioning unit is using a lot of energy and that energy is taken directly from your gas tank. If possible, turn it off completely. If that’s uncomfortable try setting it to a higher temperature as that will use less fuel.

TIP: Park your vehicle in the shadow, keep the doors open for a minute or two before driving somewhere to cool off the inside of the car and, when you can, drive at night to avoid high temperatures and sunshine during the day.

Just remember, driving at high speed with the windows open is even worse for the fuel economy than using the A/C.

4. BECOME A BETTER DRIVER

The way you drive is one of the biggest factors affecting your fuel economy. Avoid breaking by letting your vehicle roll to a stop when you’re not bothering other drivers, keep your top speed below 60MPH or 100KM/H and don’t push the pedal to the metal when you accelerate.

5. WALK

Usually if you’re not going a long distance, walking or biking is a good alternative, and it’s a lot more economic than starting the car. You’ll not only save fuel but also the wear and tear on the car that can cost as much as the fuel itself.

6. FIX THOSE FUEL LEAKS

Obviously if you have a fuel leak you will spill your hard earned gas on the ground costing you money and polluting the environment. Repair all fuel leaks immediately.

TIP: If the gas cap is broken or missing a lot of gas will evaporate through the missing or broken cap and escape into the atmosphere.This is especially true in hot climates and when parking in the sun. The loss can be sizable and the gas vapors will harm the envirnment.

7. FIND A CAR POOL

Sharing the vehicle on the daily commute can feel like a fair amount of hassle compared to going by yourself but then you’ll save more using this arrangement than using any of the others (except for biking of course).

Joining with just one other person to use the same car for your commute will save you half your monthly commuting cost.

MORE GAS SAVING IDEAS

Those tips are among the easiest, most readily available, low cost ways you can save barrels of fuel. And that’s my no gadgets required bag of tricks.

There are many additional ways to save fuel. You can get a more fuel efficient car (hybrid, diesel, smaller car), adjust your driving style, improve your cars aerodynamics, use eco tires, plan your driving, plan for extreme weather and a lot more that this article is too short to cover

There’s also many ways to NOT save gas, like installing one of those fuel saving gadgets advertised everywhere. They usually cost a lot but give barely measurable improvements in MPG.

To keep track of your actual gas mileage you can use a handy online metric mpg calculator

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