High gasoline prices have consumers feeling pinched, causing much anxiety for some who rely heavily on their motor vehicles. You cannot influence OPEC, the oil companies or even your local service station, but you can employ several gas saving measures that may ease your burden and help you get through the current gas price crisis.
1. Keep your tires properly inflated — Did you know that under-inflated tires are more prone to blow out and can cause your engine to work harder? Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI at all times. You’ll use up to 3 percent less gas and extend the life of your tires.
2. Tighten that gas cap — Saving money at the pump by pumping gas yourself can quickly be squandered if the gas cap is not tight. Gas can evaporate as it escapes through your cap, affecting your fuel mileage and wasting precious energy.
3. Tune your engine — A car that needs a tune up is one that isn’t running efficiently. If the spark plugs are clogged, the spark plug wire frayed or the timing is off, your engine will have to work harder. A harder working energy consumes more gasoline, affecting our your gas mileage accordingly.
4. Replace dirty air filters — Quite easily you can forget to change your air filter. A clogged air filter will also make your engine work harder as it struggles to “breath” in fresh air. A paper filter should be replaced every 3,000 miles; a cotton filter can be reused, but it needs to be cleaned according to manufacturer guidelines.
5. Reduce your speed — The posted speed may say 75 mph, but most cars run far more optimally at lower speeds, such as between 60 and 65 mph. On the interstate, move over the right lane and go slower to enjoy improved mpg.
6. Use cruise control — If you have cruise control, then use it. When your car is set for one speed, especially on highways, you’ll enjoy the best fuel efficiency. Your car automatically maintains its speed to deliver the optimum fuel economy on long trips.
7. Avoid fast starts — Jackrabbit starts will consume more fuel, and can wear out your car faster. When the light turns green, don’t get in a race with other drivers. Ease down on the accelerator and resume the posted speed gradually.
Employing one tip will offer fuel savings, while putting all seven into practice can lead to even greater fuel economy. You can save money by using regular grade gasoline too unless, of course, premium fuel is required.