Gas Saving Tips

By Chris Channing

Gas is something that just can't be avoided- anyone with a need to get somewhere across town or in need of travel will likely have to shell out money in the process. With gas prices becoming ever higher, it becomes important to get thrifty in the process, so as to be economical on the matter and save money as a result.

Contrary to popular belief, air conditioning isn't such a gas hog when traveling at high speeds. Nevertheless, it is common for those in need of fresh air to lower the windows instead of turn on the air conditioning. This actually lowers gas efficiency more, however, since the drag caused from the lowered windows affects gas mileage more so than the strain that air conditioning puts on the engine.

It's no wonder that older folk seem to have to get gas less than others. This might be due to the fact that they travel less, but also because the elderly tend to drive slower on average. Driving slow and responsibly will increase fuel mileage, as it helps keep unnecessary strain on the engine. Slow acceleration and braking habits also help to give vehicle owners increased fuel efficiency.

Even though car manuals sometimes claim that cars should be run on the highest grades of fuel, this is not true. Cars that can accept low grades of fuel should, since this gives cheaper prices for just about the same amount of mileage. Purchasing gas with a higher octane rating may help improve mileage, but not enough to actually justify the price difference.

When one's tires are low, there is a big loss in fuel mileage per gallon. Under inflated tires will cause more work to have to be done on the engine, meaning there are fewer rotations of the tire per gallon of gas. This can be such a dramatic chance in fuel efficiency that consumers should constantly check their air pressures in their tires in order to get the maximum benefit in fuel efficiency.

Lastly, it should be noted that when "warming up" a car, it shouldn't take more than a minute or two before the car is safe to drive even in winter conditions. There is no use in warming up a car longer than necessary, as this burns extra fuel. When wanting to listen to music while sitting idle, it is also best to turn a car's ignition to the setting that only drains the battery- but be careful not to do so for long or the car may not start again.

Closing Comments

In the end, getting around the high gas price hikes isn't going to be easy. But being economical and thrifty on the subject can save consumers quite a bit of money over the years. Until alternative fuels can be found, and renewable "green" sources of energy may be used, following the previously mentioned tips becomes important for both our environment and wallets.

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