Fuel Saving Tips to beat the Gas Crunch Part 3 of 4

Hello and welcome back for Part 3 of our 4-Part blog series on fuel saving tips to beat the gas crunch. We’ve already given you 2 excellent blogs with plenty of tips and advice for saving money on gasoline and today we’ve got quite a few more. So if you’re ready to save gas and feel good about yourself next time you fill up the tank, let’s get going. Enjoy.

Don’t be trippy. We’ve said it before and will say it again; if you have several small trips to make combining them into one larger trip is going to save you gas and time. One of the reasons is that, once your engine is warmed up, it is more efficient, even if you have to stop for up to 30 minutes. So, when possible, combine those small trips and save yourself some gas money.

We have a garage? Many people have so much extra stuff in their house that their garage ends up being more of a storage shed then a place to park their car. While this may be necessary in some cases (like, if you’re being featured on the TV show Hoarders) it would be better to park your car in your garage than outside of it. In winter this will save you fuel because a warmer engine will warm up to its fuel efficient temperature much faster. In summer your car will be cooler if it’s parked in the garage and so you won’t need to use as much air conditioning to cool it to a comfortable level.

Idling your gas away. When you come to a stop light and you know you’re going to be sitting for a few seconds turn off some of the electrical instruments that your car is using, including that wipers, fans, heater, music volume or air conditioner. When all of these are being used at once the demand on the alternator will cause the engine to idle at a higher RPM and thus use more gas. It might not save you a lot but, if you are hitting a lot of red lights, you may want to turn everything down to minimum levels and save as much as you can.

Low roller. Many tire manufacturers are now making low rolling resistance or LRR tires that they claim can improve gas mileage by up to 7%. While this hasn’t been tested by any expert yet it does seem to make sense so, next time you look for new tires, look into LRR tires as well and consider purchasing them to save money on gas.

Penny wise and fuel foolish. Today most people have smart phones and there are several excellent apps that can be downloaded that will help you find the cheapest gas prices in your particular town. (Gas Buddy is one of the best.) If you have a smart phone you should definitely get one of these apps and use it every time you fill up. That being said, driving 10 miles out of your way to save two cents a gallon on fuel isn’t actually going to save you anything but probably will use more gas. Better to plan your trips to the gas station as best as you can and, before you start driving, figure out which station on your way has the best prices.

Straight start. Whenever you park your car you should park it in a way that allows you to pull straight out rather than having to back out, especially if the car will be sitting long enough for the engine to get cold. Having to reverse out of your parking spot when the car’s engine is cold can actually use up to 5% more fuel. This should be done in a parking garage or lot as well.

Say no to snow. If you live in an area of the country that gets frequent snowstorms in winter you should definitely clean off as much snow as you can from your car’s roof and hood before going anywhere. This will cut down on extra weight and drag and also prevent accidents from snow flying off of your car at high speed. Even a 1 inch layer of snow can add up to 100 pounds of weight onto your car, weight that will lower your cars mileage and increase gas consumption greatly.

Do things the EZ way. On the east coast of the United States there are many highways that have tolls. Most of these highways also have something called an EZ pass, a small device that you can attach to your windshield and will allow you to pass through tollbooths without having to stop and pay for each toll. Not only that, you won’t have to worry about having change in your car all the time and will get where you are going much quicker. An EZ Pass member will also get a monthly bill from their states EZ Pass control center, a bill that can be used to keep track of expenses and at tax time.

Tanks a lot. If you pull into your favorite gas station and you see that there is a tanker truck parked there, filling up their in-ground tanks, don’t get gas but rather find another station to use, at least for that one fill-up. The reason is that, when a station’s tanks are being filled, any sediment and gunk that has accumulated at the bottom of the tanks can be stirred up and will be floating around in the gas that you will then put into your tank, sediment loaded gas that can clog your fuel filters, your fuel injectors and so forth and decrease your car’s performance.

And there’s Part 3 in all its glory!  We hope you liked it and got some help from at least a few of the tips and advice offered here today.  There’s 1 more Part to go so, when you have a spare minute, make sure to come back and visit us for more gas and momey saving tips. See you then.

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