Fuel Saving Tips to beat the Gas Crunch Part 2 of 4

Hello and welcome back for Part 2 of our 4-Part fuel saving tips to beat the gas crunch blog series. We’ve got an absolute ton of tips and advice for saving gas that were going to give to you today so, without further ado, let’s get started. Enjoy.

Filter out of kilter. A dirty air filter can actually decrease your mileage by 1 to 2 miles per gallon. Cleaning your air filter or replacing it will thus save you money on gas almost immediately. In most cars that have a replaceable air filter you can also do this yourself quite easily and save the cost to have it done by a professional.

Red light district. When driving through a neighborhood with many lights it would be best to time them so that, rather than having to stop at many red lights, you can cruise through green lights and not have to accelerate and decelerate as often. In most cases this entails driving a little bit slower and looking ahead to the lights as they’re coming so that you know what they’re going to be (red or green), more or less, once you get there.

Turn on your gas savings. Many people have the habit of slowing down completely, almost to a stop, in order to go through a turn. While we’re not saying that you should speed dangerously through turns, you can definitely roll through a turn at a little bit higher speed so that you’re not forced to use more gas to accelerate back up to speed once you’ve gone through the turn. Remember that the more you brake, the more gas you will use to speed back up afterwards.

Beat the heat. In winter the first thing that most people do is turn on their cars heat and defroster. While this may seemingly warm up the car faster it actually causes the engine to take longer to heat up to its most fuel efficient temperature. Better to use your cars heated seats (if it has them, of course) and, after about 10 minutes of driving, then turn on the heat and the defroster. If the windshield is heavily frosted you should use an ice scraper first to make sure that you have a clear view of the road.

You can drive 55. At 55 mph most cars are running at their maximum efficiency. Between 55 and 65 you might still be okay but anything over 65 will definitely cost you more gas per mile so, unless you’re really pressed for time, keep your speed and 55 and save money on gas.

Is it drafty in here. Drafting, or following behind a larger vehicle and taking advantage of the aerodynamic wind tunnel that they create, is a great way to save fuel if you do it correctly and safely. If you can use cruise control and stay within a distance that will allow you to brake safely if needed, drafting behind a large truck on the highway can actually save you up to 5% of your fuel. This is best done on long, straight and flat stretches of highway.

It’s bad at the top. Although filling up your tank might save you a little extra time because you won’t have to go back to the gas station as often, the extra weight can actually decrease your gas mileage. Not only that but many people overfill their tanks and actually lose gas from spillage. Better to fill your tank about two thirds full and make an extra trip or two to the gas station. You’ll use less gas and waste less gas.

Sneaky AC. In many new cars when you activate the defrost or ‘defroster + feet’ setting on your heater the air-conditioning will also be activated so that the defrosting or defogging of your windshield will be quicker. What won’t happen is that the AC indicator light won’t go on and, while you’re not aware of it, you’ll be using your AC and wasting gas. Of course, having your windshield completely defrosted is an important and safe thing to do but, knowing that the AC is being used, make sure you turn the defroster off as soon as you can.

Up to speed. Many people make the mistake of waiting until they are almost on the highway before accelerating up to highway speeds. Frankly, the ‘on ramp’ is made specifically for this purpose and so should be used to accelerate, if not completely up to highway speeds, somewhere close so that you don’t have to accelerate much faster to avoid cars that are already at speed on the highway.

Over the hill. If you just climbed a hill and you’re going slower than regular speed (and you don’t have people in a rush behind you) use that hill to cruise back up to speed rather than accelerating to do the same. You’ll save gas and give your engine a little bit of a break.

Patience young padawan. Unless you’re in a complete rush to be somewhere on time (and if you are it’s probably because you left too late) (be honest) being patient and taking your time to get where you need to go is definitely going to save you on gas and also be less stressful. If you’re in stop and go traffic led to the car ahead of you get even further ahead of you so that you can simply cruise rather than having to keep using your break every two minutes.

Well dear readers that it for Part 2. We hope that you’ve learned a few things today and that you can start using some of these tips right away to start saving gas. Will be back soon with part three and more excellent tips and advice for beating the oil companies at their own game. See you then.

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