Spend Less at the Pump with these Gas saving Tips

Summers coming and, whether you’re planning to head out on the open road and do some exploring or just want to cut down on expenses, there are a number of excellent ways to do it at the gas pumps. Read below and we’ll gladly share them with you! Enjoy.

The 1st is simply to not wait until you’re so low on gas that you have to use whatever gas station is nearest. In most cases you’ll be stuck paying whatever crazy price that the station charges which, depending on where you live, could be from 5 to 15% higher! Your best bet is to simply get into the habit of putting gas into the tank when you’re about a quarter full, giving you the option of going to a station with the lowest prices.

Another great tip is to use your smartphone to map out your route ahead of time. For example, Waze is an app that will tell you about road closures, travel delays and real-time accident reports so that, wherever you happen to be going, you don’t waste time and gas sitting in traffic. There are other apps to do the same thing too so, if you have one of the latest smartphones, download 1 of them and save yourself some time, money and gasoline.

Sticking to your car’s maintenance schedule is extremely important not only to save gas but also to save on car repairs as well. Your car’s performance, especially the engine of course, will determine how much gas you use and how much money you spend. Things like your tires, your oil and your coolant should all be checked regularly by a qualified mechanic to keep your car in excellent running condition and keep your gas expenditure as low as possible.

If you’re the type of person that pays off your credit cards at the end of every month, using a gas card that will let you earn rewards points and even get you free gas is a great idea. Remember however that, if you don’t pay those cards off in full, the interest that you pay could negate any savings that you might gain,  so if you don’t pay them in full, you probably shouldn’t use them.

On longer trips, and even just around town, your best bet is to keep the roof of your car unloaded.  Incredibly, hauling cargo around on your roof  can actually cost you over $.60 per gallon so, if you have to haul something around, try doing it with a trailer or by hanging it off of the back of your car instead of the roof.

Finally, we mentioned earlier that using your smart phone to map out your route ahead of time is a good idea, and using that same smart phone to download a gas app and use it to find the cheapest gas station is also a great idea. One of the best is called GasBuddy and, since it’s updated by users in real time all day long, it can easily show you where the closest local gas station is in your town with the cheapest gas prices.

So there you go, a slew of gas saving tips that you can use all summer long to save time, energy and money every time you had over to the gas station. Happy travels!

Idling is the Worst Possible Way to Waste Gasoline

Every single day in America millions of drivers are wasting precious and costly gasoline because of one bad habit that they all share; idling their cars while they sit in line waiting for their children to get out of school.

In practically every blog  about saving gasoline and lowering gasoline costs that we’ve posted here on this website in the last couple of years, one of the examples that we’ve always given for saving gas is to not let your car run for more than a few seconds in idle while it’s parked.

The reason why is one of the most basic tenets of saving gas; when a car is idling, its MPG is negative. In other words, since your car isn’t moving forward, but you’re still burning gas, your MPG goes below zero.

Granted, the amount of gasoline wasted if a car sits idling for one or two minutes is minimal. The fact is however that, in front of elementary, middle and high schools everywhere in the United States, millions of parents spend upwards of 15, 20 and 25 minutes, 5 days a week, waiting for their children to be let out of school. Sometimes it’s even longer and, in most cases, their cars run in idle the entire time.

Now, some may argue that in the winter it’s necessary to leave the car running for its heater because it’s frigid cold outside. I’ll grant you that this makes a little bit of sense but it’s basically the same argument that’s used in spring and summer, especially in the South, when it’s too hot outside and the air-conditioning needs to be kept running.

When you take into consideration the amount of gasoline that’s being wasted five days a week and over 40 weeks a year, and the amount of pollutants that are being released into the air while these automobiles basically go nowhere, the resultant waste  and pollution being caused is simply astronomical.

If you think that this is overdramatic or exaggerated, please allow me to slip into the first person narrative here for just a moment.

As a father of two high school aged children, and a parent who’s moved a number of times for work, I’ve driven my kids to over a dozen different schools in four different states and have seen the same exact thing at every single one of them.

Some of those schools were in the northeast and some were in the southeast but, in front of every one, the majority of people sitting in line and waiting for their kids to be let out for the day were doing it while their car’s engine was running in idle.

Lest you think I’m an incredible hypocrite, I can honestly say that my habit has always been to find a spot somewhere near the school that my children were attending and park there until it was possible to move through the car line without stopping. (I can also say that, until recently, this caused more than a bit of “embarrassment” and frustration for my kids, who never quite  understood why their dad couldn’t just “be normal” and wait in line like everyone else.)

I’m a fan of hypermiling, I work from home and I basically follow every single money saving gas tip that has ever been featured here on this blog site. For me, to see this kind of waste on a daily basis is extremely frustrating, especially on a day like today when, here in the city of Atlanta, there’s an “orange alert” for air quality

So, if you’re a parent who drops-off and picks-up their kids from school every day, I’d like to ask you to consider the fact that you’re not only wasting money but also a precious resource that some scientists say will be depleted within the next 50 years. (That would be gasoline.) I’d also like to ask you to think about how idling your car for 15 to 20 minutes a day is adding to a pollution problem that those same scientists say are causing catastrophic global climate changes.

The fact is, it’s not just about saving a few bucks anymore, it’s about saving the planet.

I’ll get down off of my soapbox now. Thanks for listening

Save Money on Gas as You Fill Up Your Tank

Saving money on gas is not all about changing your driving style or choosing the right vehicle. People sometimes overlook one area where they can find ways to save on gas, and that is while they have their tank filled. Read on and learn some useful tips to save money while you are at the gas station.

Compare Prices

Just like any purchases you make, you should also compare the prices between different gas stations. Their prices may not be too much apart from each other, but every cent really counts, especially if you usually travel long distances and thus have to gas up quite considerably. To get the latest on their prices, you can listen to the news or better yet download some apps on your phone or tablet that will show you nearby stations and their current gas prices.

Find Stations That Offer Great Deals

There are establishments, such as grocery stores and malls, which have gas stations in their vicinity operated by them. They usually offer memberships to patrons that include lower gas prices in their list of benefits. You may consider paying for this membership if you think that the savings that you will generate can cover for the membership fee and more. Aside from this, also check out coupons that offer great discounts on some gas stations.

Get the Right Credit Card

If you often use your credit card when you gas up, then try getting a card that offers rebates at certain gas stations. Just figure out which bank offers that reward for the gas station that you prefer. Rebates can be as much as 3%, which is good enough savings on gas.

Gas Up Early in the Morning

Gas is denser on cold temperatures then it starts to expand once the temperature increases. Therefore, when you gas up in the middle of a hot summer day, a gallon of gas may not be as much as a gallon of gas bought early in the morning when the temperature is low. Many people argue with this, saying that storage tanks under the ground are kept cold anyway so you can gas up anytime you want and get the same dense volume of gas. However, as the gas travels from the storage tank to the pump, its temperature can actually rise and cause the gas to expand.

Gas Up on Low Mode

The gas nozzle has three modes. Most people use the high mode because they want to fill their tanks quickly. However, this full pressure can cause the gas to vaporize and since most gas hoses have a vapor return, that vaporized gas in your tank may be sucked back in. In other words, the pump may have registered 2 gallons, but that may not exactly be the volume that your tank received.

With the rising costs of fuel, it is best that you have all areas covered in your goal to save on gas money. Therefore, aside from keeping your vehicles properly maintained and knowing when to break, try the tips that are listed here too to further increase your savings.

Tips to Save on Fuel

The price of fuel just continues to soar, and this may go on and on in the coming years. Since getting rid of your car is not a viable option, the best you could do is to follow some smart tips that can help you save on fuel. Here are some that you can start doing now.

Meet Proper Tire Pressure Requirement

On the inside portion of the driver’s door, you will find a list of ideal tire pressure based on the load of the car. Do not take this list for granted. Keeping your tire pumped will reduce the rolling resistance, which will in turn improve your gas mileage. Therefore, make it a habit to have the air pressure checked regularly as you gas up and try to meet the maximum required air pressure.

Travel Light

A heavier load would make your engine work harder. If you have some items on your trunk that do not necessarily have to be there in your trips, remove them now. Remember that your car is not a storage area. You should also consider installing lighter accessories. Some people who love some blaring music, for instance, usually have a large speaker installed on their trunks. Try to find an alternative speaker that can provide the same quality sound yet much lighter in weight.

Combine Your Trips

If you are going out to bring your clothes to the laundry shop, why not pass by the market on the way to buy your grocery and maybe even drop by the DVD store to rent out some movies for the weekend. Just imagine how much gas you will save if you combine your trips as opposed to going out and back home again for these errands.

Find an Alternative Route

Some streets are crowded at certain times of the day. Therefore, before going out, try to plan your route ahead depending on the level of traffic you anticipate on certain areas. It is better to go for a route that is a bit longer than stick to a shorter route that has heavy traffic and more stoplights. You will not only save on gas with this habit, you will also get to avoid being stressed out.

Keep Your Vehicle on Tip-Top Shape

A problem on the engine can cause it to work inefficiently. This means that it will be wasting more fuel to provide the same amount of output. Therefore, even if you do not sense any trouble while driving, make it a habit to have your car checked regularly. A well-maintained engine can also help you locate areas that need repairs before they become major problems.

Be Gentle on the Gas Pedal

Some people keep their feet on the gas pedal even if they see a red light straight ahead and just abruptly breaks to a stop. Such driving style is a gas-guzzler. Instead, start to shift down when you anticipate a traffic and coast to a stop.

These are very simple and very easy to do habits that you can start right away. Reducing your gas consumption by about 5% to 30% can accumulate to a few hundred dollars saved each year, which you can use for other useful projects.

What’s the story behind low-rolling-resistance tires?

Car manufacturers, especially those who create hybrid cars, pay careful attention to fuel efficiency and look at everything possible to increase it, including combining electric motors with gas engines, the weight of a car, the materials used to make it and also its aerodynamics. In the last few years however they have also devoted quite a bit of time to something that most people hadn’t even thought of; their car’s tires.

Indeed, hybrids have been rolling off the factory floor with “low rolling resistance” tires for a few years including makes from Toyota, Lexus, Ford and Honda among others. All of these carmakers have realized that where the “rubber meets the road” they can actually squeeze out a few extra miles with the right tires.

So what exactly are low rolling resistance tires? In the most basic terms, they are simply tires that are harder than regular tires. They use a harder rubber compound and, due to this, roll easier. With a lowered rolling resistance, most automobiles will thus save fuel because their engine or electric motor will have to work less to keep their car moving forward.

Before rushing out to buy a new set of low rolling resistance tires for your car  you’d best take a little time to understand the advantages and some disadvantages that they have.

Increased mileage is the main advantage of course. The reason car manufacturers are using them on all of their new hybrid vehicles is because of this, but the question is how much will they save you if you put them onto your regular car once your tires have worn down enough that they need to be replaced. It’s been shown that the average automobile will typically increase their MPG by 1 to 2 miles per gallon which, on the surface, it seems to be insignificant but actually amounts to about a $300 savings per year, depending on how much you drive.

One of the major disadvantages to low rolling resistance tires is that, since they’re harder, they also produce a bit more noise on the road and a ride that’s a bit rougher than normal. In some cases they can actually reduce your car’s handling performance and even increase the distance your car needs to come to a complete stop when you’re braking. Most of the major manufacturers are hard at work figuring out ways around these disadvantages.  Keep in mind that some tires are better at solving them than others.

If you already own a hybrid car than you already are enjoying the extra fuel efficiency that these new tires can provide. If you are looking to increase your MPG and possibly by your own set of low rolling resistance tires for your existing car, make sure to do your due diligence and research before you make your final decision. Just like purchasing a set of “regular” tires, low rolling resistance tires aren’t exactly cheap but they can make a big difference in your car’s performance and handling and thus should not be a decision you take lightly.

Don’t let the Fuelshark take a bite out of your wallet

Today we have a quick little blog about a new gadget that’s been seen on the market recently called the Fuelshark. Generally speaking we’re pretty nice around this blog and don’t go around bashing companies or their products and services but in this case were definitely going to make an exception.

If you’ve ever seen this product will know that it purports to save you up to 10% or more on your gasoline expenses simply by taking the small Fuelshark device and plugging it directly into your car’s cigarette lighter.

The only problem is that the Fuelshark costs approximately $40 and, in effect, does absolutely nothing besides make your wallet or purse a bit lighter.

One online reviewer had this to say about the Fuelshark. “Seriously, you could plug an olive into your 12 V socket and get similar results to what the Fuelshark does.”

This same reviewer goes on to mention that besides the Fuelshark there are dozens of other products on the market that are promoting fuel savings and delivering nothing of the sort. He mentions a product called the Fuel Doctor that had similar results, which is to say that it did absolutely nothing.

In order to understand the claims that the manufacturer of the Fuel shark is making, and try to understand why they were claiming that it could save a person 10% or more on their gasoline bill, a number of online reviewers have actually used the device in testing and even taken it apart to see what makes it tick.

First the company claims that the Fuelshark works in two distinctly different ways. It says that it maintains your car’s electrical performance at an optimum level and that your car’s mpg will improve and your vehicle will run better if the voltage in your car is stable. They also claim that your car will have better power and cleaner emissions.

On every single website that had tested the Fuelshark they found that the device could do nothing that the package was claiming or that the advertising alluded to. The reason is simply this; the hardware inside the Fuelshark device is not capable, in any way, shape or form, of doing anything the package claims. Not only that but anyone with even the most basic of background in electronics would know this immediately.

Basically what these reviewers are saying is that not only does the Fuelshark  NOT deliver on its claims, there is no physical way that the components that make up the device can give any of the claimed the results. It’s physically impossible.

The biggest problem here, and the reason that the company that makes the Fuelshark can get away with selling this worthless device, is that people all over the United States are desperately looking for anything that they can use to improve their MPG and lower their monthly gasoline cost. It’s just another example of a fly-by-night company taking advantage of people’s gullibility and desperation. If you’re reading this, make sure to share it with as many people as possible so that these crooks won’t get away with fleecing more people.

Popular Mechanics magazine puts the smack down on ‘fuel saving’ gadgets

Popular Mechanics is one of the best magazines on the market for not only learning about new gadgets and gizmos but also getting the lowdown on what works and, more importantly, what doesn’t.

For many of us the huge increase in gas prices over the last few years has put a definite dent in our budgets and were all looking for gadgets that will help to increase our gas mileage and reduce the staying at the gas pump.

The only problem is that this desperation to save money on gas has allowed a new group of, ahem, opportunists to come along and offer us fuel saving gadgets that they say will do exactly what we want; increase our gas mileage and decrease our gasoline costs.

There’s only one problem; Popular Mechanics magazine has tested most of them and found out that none of them actually work.

They tested all of the gadgets that you’ll find in the next few paragraphs at the Universal Technical Institute in Houston using full-size pickup trucks. They of course did everything like you would expect and measured, quantified and noted everything down. The results of all of their tests are below.

Miracle Magnets. PM tested two of these gadgets but there are literally dozens of them on the market. All of them claim to improve fuel economy while reducing emissions and also increasing a car’s horsepower. What PM found is that neither of the two had any significant effect on either economy, performance or horsepower.  Miracle indeed.

Vortex Generators. These devices supposedly mix your car’s fuel more thoroughly with air and help it to burn more completely, thus giving you better mileage. The problem is that the turbulence that they create actually causes a reduced amount of air to be sucked into the manifold and a resultant decrease in power. Even worse, what PM found is that one of the two that they tested reduced horsepower by more than 10% while another actually increased fuel consumption by almost 20%. It seems that all they generate is frustration.

Engine Ionizer. When PM tested the Electronic Engine Ionizer they noted that the manufacturer refers to something called “capacitor blocks” but, in reality, there were no capacitors in the product. Instead what they found was that, since this device is intended to carry a charge from one cylinder plug wire to the electrodes of the other plugs, it was causing cross firing between the cylinders, something that any car mechanic will tell you is not a good thing at all. Not only that but they didn’t even get through their test before the Engine Ionizer began to melt and fill the engine compartment with smoke. Definitely a bust.

Vapor Injectors. What this device purports to do is convert raw fuel into fuel vapor outside of the engine and increase ‘atomization’ of the fuel. What PM found is that some cylinders were getting more fuel than others, causing some of them to run rich (not good). They also found that there was no change in power and fuel economy was completely unchanged. If you’ve ever heard that someone is “running on vapor” you know it’s not a good thing and neither is this gadget.

Water Injection. Developed for fighter planes during World War II, this technology is being used by a company that makes a water injection system called AquaTune. This is a device whose creators claim that it produces ‘hydrogen rich bubbles’ in your fuel and increases fuel economy. In testing not only did PM find that this wasn’t true but they found that their test trucks were getting 20 fewer horsepower and 20% poorer fuel economy as well. It seems that this technology should have stayed in the 20th century.

When all was said and done the engineers and scientists (and car dudes) at Popular Mechanics magazine had tested quite a few different gadgets and found that not a single one of them worked at all. If you are considering purchasing any type of gadget for your car that says it will increase your mileage, your fuel economy or your horsepower, do yourself a favor and think again. If the guys from Popular Mechanics magazine couldn’t figure them out, what chance do we mere mortals have? (That would be none)

Testing the Tips – How the Gas Saving Tips actually Measure Up

Unless you live in Siberia and use snowshoes to get around, you’re probably aware that gas prices are at an all-time high. You’re probably also aware that, no matter where you look, there are tips for how to save gas, how to increase your MPG and how to save money at the gas pump.

The big question however is, do these tips and advice really work? Recently the most popular tips were put to the test and the results are below. Take a look at them and you’ll see which ones you should follow and which one you should ignore. Enjoy.

  1. Aggressive driving versus moderate driving. The results here showed the potential for big savings and basically show that, if you drive more like your grandmother then a testosterone fueled 18-year-old, you’ll save up to 30% on your gasoline costs.
  2. Driving slower. This one has the potential to save you big bucks as well, although not nearly as much as number 1. By driving between 55 and 65 mph, especially on long trips, you can save upwards of 14% on your gasoline cost.
  3. Using cruise control on long trips. This is another excellent way to save money and, like driving slower, you can save upwards of 14% but, to be honest, most people will average a savings of about 7% when using cruise control on long trips. Using cruise control is also a great way to make sure that you don’t speed, which will save you quite a bit of money in traffic tickets.
  4. Using the AC as opposed to keeping the windows open. As much as this one has been touted to be a great way to save money on gas, using the air-conditioning or keeping the windows open generally costs about the same amount of money. If you have air-conditioning in your car and it’s hot outside, you might as well use it because if you don’t you’ll just be hot but you won’t save any money.
  5. Keeping your tires properly inflated. While it’s important to make sure that you keep your tires inflated at the proper PSI, the fact is that if they’re a little bit over or under the recommended number your gasoline usage is really going to be about the same. The important point here is that, unless you want to purchase expensive tires more often, it’s a good idea to keep your tires properly inflated at all times so that they don’t wear down prematurely.
  6. Idling your car for long periods of time. This one is a big gasoline, and money, waster and, if you’re going to be stopped for more than 60 seconds, it’s best to turn off your engine. Not only does excessive idling waste a lot of gas but it’s also quite harmful to the environment.
  7. Regular versus premium gas. This one is actually huge. Unless your car specifically calls for premium gasoline the simple fact is that buying regular is just fine and buying premium is definitely a waste of money. When you consider that the difference between regular and premium is about 30%, the savings if you use regular instead of the ‘good stuff’ can literally amount to thousands of dollars a year.
  8. Getting rid of excess weight. Tests showed that if your car has 100 pounds or more of stuff in the trunk, you’re going to be decreasing your MPG by 10 to 15%. That’s a big amount and means that, unless you really need that weight set, those bricks or those bags of sand in your car, you definitely should get rid of them. (If it’s wintertime and you live where there’s a lot of snow it’s okay but just make sure to take them out come springtime.)

And there you have it. Some of the biggest tips that you’re going to hear about online, in car magazines and so forth, laid out for you to see with no bias and no BS. If you’ve been using some of these tips and saving money because of it, that’s great news but, if some of them aren’t giving you the boost in mileage that you hoped for, now you know why.

When it comes to saving money on gas, you have to think outside the pump

If you search the Internet you’ll find plenty of blogs about driving tips and techniques that will save you money on gasoline and increase your car’s mpg. Our blog today goes into somewhat newer territory and explores other tips, techniques and tasks that you can accomplish that should positively affect your fuel economy and, hopefully, save you even more money when you’re filling up your tank. Enjoy.

  • As more and more people purchase hybrid automobiles, owner groups are being formed in cities all over the globe. Some of the topics that they discuss are efficient driving techniques and ways to increase fuel economy and decrease emissions. Even if you don’t own a hybrid you’re welcome to attend and possibly glean some information and a tip or two for yourself.
  • Although this may start an argument or two, if you’re part of a couple and you go everywhere together, the most efficient driver of the two should do the most driving. (We are not taking sides, seriously.)
  • Most people like to fuss and complain about how much gas costs but very few will take the time to actually track their fuel consumption. Without this information it’s going to be very difficult to see if all of your tactics are improving your car’s fuel economy. There are a number of apps that you can use to help you if you have a mobile smartphone and, even if you don’t, you can keep track of what you’re spending, the amount of miles you’re getting and the amount of gallons of gas you’re purchasing in a small notebook. Use those numbers and some simple math to figure out what mpg your car’s getting and track it to see if it gets any better as your driving habits improve.
  • Many of today’s newer cars have a fuel consumption display and, if yours has one, the feedback that it can give you can help you to lower your cars consumption of gasoline. With this type of display you can not only track individual trips but, with some, portions of trips and keep track of how well your car’s doing. (And how well you are driving.)
  • If you have the option (and not everyone does) choosing to use roads that have less traffic will give you more opportunity to employ fuel saving tactics and techniques like hypermiling. Even a route that is technically longer may actually save you money if you have a lot less stopping and starting.
  • If efficient driving has an enemy it’s the person that is always in a rush to get somewhere because they’re always late. If you’re driving somewhere in a rush you will certainly not have the extra time (or patience) to use money-saving driving techniques. Better to leave a little bit early and give yourself time to get where you’re going at a regular and relaxed pace.
  • A very interesting effect can happen on the highway when many cars are traveling together at a constant rate of speed. It’s called the corridor effect and it’s basically a man-made breeze that, like a tailwind on an airplane, will  give your car a little extra boost and your mpg as well.
  • Do you frequent fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A and the like? If you do, the best way to save gas is to park your car and go in, even if you’re not planning on eating inside the restaurant. Unless you’re the only person in line the chance of waiting in line, engine idling the entire time and wasting gas is high if you use the drive-through.
  • If you’re on a highway with 2 lanes or more, always choose the lane that has the least amount of traffic so that you can avoid unnecessary braking and sometimes unpredictable changes in speed and direction.
  • If you can, avoid driving in bad weather of any kind as any type of precipitation, as well as high winds, can dramatically decrease your car’s gas mileage.
  • The same can be said for rush-hour traffic which, if possible, should be avoided like the next new Adam Sandler movie. (Sorry but Jack and Jill was atrocious.) The stop and go traffic that accompanies rush-hour is not only detrimental to your car’s fuel consumption but also to your mental health. (Just like Jack and Jill !)

We have a lot more tips just like these that were going to be bringing you over the next few days so make sure to come back soon and get your daily fill of all the best, money-saving, mpg increasing driving tips around. See you then.

Fuel Saving Tips that aren’t really going to make a difference in your car’s mpg

With the price of gasoline going ever higher, drivers are looking high and low for tips that will help increase their MPG and reduce the amount they spend for gasoline. While this is actually a good thing, the fact is that there are many tips being circulated that claim to reduce your car’s gas consumption and increase its MPG but aren’t actually doing much of anything. With that in mind we thought we’d take a look at some of these ‘tips’ and expose them for what they are; bad tips. Enjoy.

Practically every fuel saving tip blog talks about how vital it is to check and replace your car’s air filter regularly. In fact, tests performed by several different testing companies have found that dirty air filters actually no longer have much of an impact on the mpg of the newer cars that are being made today. The reason is that today’s modern car engines are computer-controlled, and the amount of air that’s coming in is precisely controlled as well. When you reduce airflow, your car’s engine automatically reduces the amount of fuel that uses. Most tests did note that, while fuel economy didn’t change significantly, acceleration did and was slower when a car’s air filter was dirty.

In years past it was necessary to warm up your car before taking it out for a spin, especially in winter. That was during the days of chokes and carburetors but, with today’s modern fuel injected and electronically controlled vehicles, it’s just not necessary. The fact is, today’s car engines are at their most efficient when they’re operating at their normal temperature, and if you want to reach that normal temperature quickly the best thing to do is start driving right after you start up the car.

One ‘tip’ that’s very common to find says that filling up in the morning is best as the weather will be cooler and you’ll actually benefit by getting more gasoline at that time. The theory behind this is that, when gasoline is cooler, it will be denser and you’ll get more for your money. The truth however is, since gasoline is stored in large tanks underground, its temperature changes very little no matter what time of the day it is. Whether you purchase in the morning, the afternoon or late at night, any difference in the actual amount of gasoline that you get will be negligible at best.

One common misconception is that ‘no name’ gasoline, generally sold by independent gas stations, isn’t as good as gasoline that you can purchase at a well-known, brand named station. The fact is that, although it sometimes formulated with different additives that are designed to help the engine stay clean, off-brand gasoline has not been shown to cause any significant changes to normally operating vehicles.

One of the biggest myths about gasoline is that premium is the best to buy for all cars and will give all cars a boost in MPG. Indeed, the big oil corporations have been working overtime to get consumers to believe in the good, better or best types of gasoline, drilling it into our collective psyche for the last two decades at least.

While premium gasoline will definitely maximize power in high-performance car engines, drivers of cars with regular engines will never notice a difference and should definitely use regular as the cost of regular is generally about 25% less than the cost of premium gasoline. If you are the lucky owner of a high-end luxury car, a high-end sports car or any other type of vehicle that would fit into these two classes, premium is usually recommended by the maufacturer. For all else, regular is just as good.

There’s long been a debate between whether it’s best to open the windows and not use the air-conditioning or close them and keep your car cool. Several recent tests using a Honda Accord showed that, at 65 mph, it’s MPG was reduced by about .05%. (Practically nothing.) The same vehicle, driven at the same speed with the windows open, had no measurable effects whatsoever.

One final ‘tip’ concerns low rolling resistance tires. While it is true that less tire hitting the road will create less friction, it’s been shown that the increase in MPG is practically insignificant. Not only that but, since low rolling resistance tires give up a little bit of braking performance and have a poorer tread, it’s not a worthy trade-off (in our humble opinion).

There are definitely a lot of things that you can do to save money on gasoline, including making sure that you maintain your car, keep your tires properly inflated, keep your speed below 60 mph and many others. Use those and focus your energies on them because the ones that we listed above definitely aren’t worth your time.

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