BUFFALO, NY - I was at a gas station yesterday and watched a woman practically in tears as she filled up her tank. No matter where you live, who you are, or where you work, we're all getting hurt at the pump, and no matter how busy you are, we all have a few seconds if we can save an extra 10-30 cents per gallon.
I've showcased the website I'm featuring today before, but I want to make sure you have it bookmarked and I've received dozens of requests from folks looking to navigate toward the cheapest prices.
Today's website will not only show you the most fuel efficient route to get to work or school, but which gas stations to go to along the way.
CLICK HERE and select the gas savings tab. Plug in your daily route and the car you're driving. In a matter seconds, you'll not only have a personalized fuel efficient route, but the website calculates your price to fill up at the station. That way, you can go for the cheapest gas close to you, without wasting too much time or money to get to that pump.
Please keep in mind that today's website is as up-to-date as technically possible and below, you'll find 29 ways to save on gas. I did not write this. It's by a blogger named Ernest Miles and he has some of the better advice out there. Happy Savings.
- Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings, 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.
- Be sure the automatic choke is disengaged after engine warm up -- chokes often get stuck, resulting in bad gas/air mixture.
- Don't start and stop the engine needlessly. Idling your engine for one minute consumes the same amount of gas as when you start the engine.
- Avoid "revving" the engine, especially just before you switch the engine off -- this wastes fuel needlessly and washes oil down from the inside cylinder walls, leading to loss of oil pressure.
- Eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from a dead stop. Don't push pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel. This allows the carburetor to function at peak efficiency.
- Buy gasoline during the coolest time of day -- early morning or late evening is best. During these times, gasoline is densest. Keep in mind that gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to "volume of measurement."
- Choose type and brand of gasoline carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater economy because of better quality. Use the brands which "seem" most beneficial.
- Avoid filling your gas tank to the top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill your gas tank past the first "click" of the fuel nozzle if the nozzle is automatic.
- Never exceed the legal speed limit. They are primarily set for your traveling safety, but better gas efficiency also occurs. Traveling at 55 mph gives you up to 21 percent better mileage when compared to former legal speed limits of 65 mph and 70 mph.
- Traveling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45 percent more fuel than is needed.
- Manual shift cars allow you to change to the highest gear as soon as possible, thereby letting you save gas if you "nurse it along." However, if you cause the engine to "bog down," premature wearing of engine parts occurs.
- Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10 percent.
- Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Also avoid tailgating -- the driver in front of you is unpredictable. Not only is it unsafe, but if affects your economy if he slows down unexpectedly.
- Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you're on it.
- Do not rest your left foot on floor board pedals while driving. The slightest pressure puts "mechanical drag" on components, wearing them down prematurely.
This "dragging" also demands additional fuel usage.
- Avoid rough roads whenever possible because dirt or gravel rob you of up to 30 percent of your gas mileage.
- Use alternate roads when safer, shorter, or straighter. Compare traveling distance differences -- remember that corners, curves and lane jumping require extra gas. The shortest distance between two points is always straight.
- Stoplights are usually timed for your motoring advantage. By traveling steadily at the legal speed limit, you boost your chances of having the "green light" all the way.
- Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when your car is idling at a standstill, e.g. railroad crossings, long traffic lights, etc. Place gear into neutral position. This reduces transmission strain and allows transmission to cool.
- Park car so that you can later begin to travel in forward gear. Avoid reverse gear maneuvers to save gas.
- Regular tune-ups ensure the best economy. Check owner's manual for recommended maintenance intervals. Special attention should be given to maintaining clean air filters. Diminished air flow increases gas waste.
- Inspect suspension and chassis parts for occasional misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, bad shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and are unsafe at high speeds.
- Remove snow tires during good weather seasons. Traveling on deep tire tread really robs fuel.
- Inflate all tires to maximum limit. Each tire should be periodically spun, balanced and checked for out-of-round. When shopping for new tires, get large diameter tires for rear wheels. Radial designs are the recognized fuel-savers. Check manufacturer's specifications for maximum tire pressures.
- Remove vinyl tops -- they cause air drag. Rough surfaces disturb otherwise smooth air flow around a car's body. Bear in mind when buying new cars that a fancy sun roof helps disturb smooth air flow (and mileage).
- Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10 percent to 20 percent. Heater fan, power windows and seats increase engine load. The more load on your engine, the less miles per gallon.
- Remove excess weight from your trunk or inside of your car -- extra tires, back seats, unnecessary heavy parts. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially when driving up inclines.
- Car pools reduce travel monotony and gas expense -- all riders chip in to help you buy. Conversation helps to keep the driver alert. Pooling also reduces traffic congestion, gives the driver easier maneuverability and greater "steady speed" economy. For best results, distribute passenger weight evenly throughout car.
- During cold weather, watch for icicles frozen to your car frame. Up to 100 pounds can be quickly accumulated. Unremoved snow and ice cause tremendous wind resistance. Warm water thrown on (or hosed on) will eliminate it fast.
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