Here are 13 gas savers to improve gas mileage. Some of these tips to save gas are very easy to implement and will not require a lot of time or change in your routine, but you will notice the difference over time in your wallet. If we each do our part, as little as it seems, we can really make a difference on oil and gas consumption
- An easy one - accelerate slowly and don't speed up to sit at a red light. Slow down gradually while the light is red, without having to start again from a complete start when the light turns green. That momentum will save a good amount of fuel over time because it takes a lot more fuel to move a car from a stop than one that already is in motion. Quick acceleration requires more fuel to be spit out from the fuel injectors (even old carburetors) to make the car accelerate smoothly.
- Go the speed limit. Going 65mph instead of 75mph will save you approximately 10% of your gas consumption. Not in a hurry, go below the speed limit. What?! Yes, it's allowed, it's an option, you can actually travel below the speed limit, just stay above the minimum to be safe. Tired of all you people whizzing by me on the road only to beat me to the stop light where I then cruise on by you because I still have my momentum from step 1. If everyone is so worried about fuel prices, then let up on the pedal. If that's the way you want to drive, then don't complain about fuel prices. Glad I got that off my chest. Now, back to more gas savers....
- Keep your tire pressure at the manufacturer's recommendations. Every psi under-inflated a tire is on your car costs you fuel. And you can't tell if your tires are low just by looking at them or kicking them. Check your tire pressure today with a guage. The psi recommendations are written on the sidewalls. A tire that is 3 pounds under pressure won’t look low, but it will cost you about 1 percent in fuel economy. What's 1%? Hundreds of dollars over a year.
- Turn the vent up higher rather than using the air conditioner which causes your vehicle to use more gas. Oh, and it doesn't matter if you turn the temperature warmer. If the A/C button is on, no matter what temperature you set it at, the compressor still has to run and robs energy and can use up to 3 miles per gallon. The vent fans run off electricity, produced by the alternator (generator which has to run anyway to make your car run), and its energy requirement is negligible.
- If you can now ride with just the vent on, now try to keep the windows closed too. It's an aerodynamic thing. Keep the resistance down so your car doesn't have to work as hard. Now if it's 90 degrees, with 90% humidity, turn on the A/C so you don't pass out and get into an accident. Apply the other gas savers as best you can to make up the difference.
- Car maintenance. Stop by your local auto mechanic, oil change place, etc. to keep your car at optimal working condition. Every little thing adds up and cuts into your fuel economy like dirty filters, transmission timing, etc. Think gas savers.
- When you can, use your cruise control. Maintaining a constant speed will definitely help with fuel savings. Keeping the exact speed is usually difficult to do on your own, most people will waver a couple miles per hour above or below a target speed.
- Don't leave your car running when you know you'll be stopped. At the very least put it in park (P) instead of leaving it in drive (D) while stopped. At the drive-thru, waiting for the train, drawbridge, traffic jam standstill, airport pick-up, etc. Gas Savers.
- You can head over to Gas Buddy website. They have a network of websites where motorists in your city post the lowest gas prices in town.
- You can give the Tornado Fuel Saver (also known as Cyclone Fuel Saver) for $39.95 try. They have a money saving calculator on their site that will calculate how much money you can save over a year using their product. It's supposed to not only save gas, but also improve acceleration and power as well as reduce pollutants. Supposedly only takes 2-5 minutes to install. How does it work? Something about increasing air intake flow which increase fuel economy. Do gas engine fuel savers work? I don't know - there have been plenty of skeptical reviews on this one.
- Apply for a new credit card. Discover Card will give you a 5% Cashback Bonus on all gas and maintenance purchases on their Open Road Card. Chase Perfect card will give you 6% rebate for fuel purchases for the first 90 days. The Discover Card sounds like a better deal.
- Remove Unnecessary Weight from Your Vehicle. Take out all the junk in your car that's been accumulating. And if you can, don't fill up your gas tank. A gallon of gas weighs approximately 6 pounds. The more weight in your car, the harder your engine has to work to move that weight, the more gas it has to use. Cut down on excess weight and you will save gas.
- Buy super gas savers cars, alternative fuel vehicles: Hybrid Vehicles, Flex Fuel Vehicles e85, Electric Cars (good for in-town errands), Natural Gas Cars CNG Propane Vehicles, Biodisel Vehicles, buy a bike, street legal scooter, used motorcycle or even carpool.
Hope these gas savers tips will help you also save some money. It's the next best thing we can do besides walking. :)