The following fuel saving tips can help you save gas and improve fuel economy:
Most Common Fuel Wasters:
Loose or missing
gas caps. 17 percent of U.S. vehicles have a loose or missing
gas cap. This allows an estimated 147,000,000 gallons of gas per year to evaporate into thin air.
Worn spark plugs
Poor wheel alignment
Fuel Saving Tip #1: Low Tires Waste Gas Underinflated tires and incorrect
wheel alignment can lead to conditions
which increase rolling resistance. This is like driving with the parking
brake not fully released, it can cost a mile or two per gallon on a
car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon. Correct tire inflation
pressure is critical for good fuel economy, safety, maximum tire life
and proper vehicle handling performance.
Fuel Saving Tip #2:Keep your car
Keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance can improve gas mileage
by an average of 4.1 percent. Results may vary depending on the kind
of repair and how well it is performed.
Ignition misfires are one of the biggest fuel waters of all!
Fuel Saving Tip #3: Keep Your Air Filter Clean
An air filter clogged with dirt,
dust and bugs chokes off the air and
creates what is called a "rich" mixture - too much gas being
burned for the amount of air, which both wastes gas and causes the engine
to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage
by as much as 10 percent.
Fuel Saving Tip #4: Change Your Spark Plugs
A vehicle can have either four, six or eight
spark plugs, which fire
as many as 3 million times every l,000 miles, resulting in a lot of
heat, electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring
and that wastes fuel. They need to be replaced regularly.
Fuel Saving Tip #5: Improve Your Driving Habits
to Improve Fuel Efficiency:
or 'jackrabbit" starts and stops.
wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway
and 5 percent in the city.
speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 miles per hour.
idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Turn your engine off if you are going to be stopped in traffic for 15 seconds or longer.
Use cruise control
because it helps you maintain a constant speed limit.
gears because the engine speed goes down saving gas and reducing engine
unneeded heavy items in your trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk
reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
Use air vents
to circulate air instead of air conditioning.
Fuel Saving Tip #6: Practice Preventive
Simple preventative maintenance steps that you can do to conserve energy,
protect your investment, improve highway safety and benefit the environment
your motor oil. Dirty oil can reduce fuel economy up to 1 mile per gallon! To maximize fuel economy, use a 5W-20 or 5W-30 synthetic motor oil.