03 Dec, 2008

How to Save on Gas

Posted by: admin In: How-to

It doesn’t take brains to save money on gas.

You say your hair got wet? Your groceries got soaked? A wild dog ran away with your shoe? Is that what’s troubling you? There are plenty of problems to go around, but many are avoidable. And some of the easiest solutions are cures that will get you out of the rain and back in your car—pronto.

It might not be within your power to hop on one foot fast enough to chase down that barking, four-legged shoe thief. And you might not have the secret to controlling the weather. And while it never hurts to give an extra wash your veggies, especially with cool clear rainwater, doing that task outdoors is less than ideal. Nevertheless, when walking in the rain is not a desirable option, a car that performs as it should is as welcome as a big umbrella in a storm.

You can save on gas by monitoring the condition of your car. Develop some new habits that will go far toward helping you think green—the color of money. Think of your car as a living organism. It has food requirements—gasoline. It needs to breathe—air. Its heartbeat is lively and rhythmic—spark. And when its health is in decline, gas mileage suffers and gas usage escalates. That costs money.

Gasoline usage can be a weighty matter

Air, fuel and fire provide the go-power behind every engine. But the harder your car works, the more gasoline it needs. Every pound of extra weight is a hardship that generates a need for more gasoline. You can save on gas by lightening up the load.

Maybe it’s been months since you decided to build new steps on your back porch. Take the bricks out of the trunk of your car—now. Unload the boxes of books that adorn the back seat. Remove the bicycles, too. It’s tempting to think a spontaneous trip to the park might trigger the urge for a bike ride but if you haven’t gone by now—forget about it. Take the bikes out of the back and lighten up the load. Added weight increases fuel consumption.

Here’s one way of thinking about the weight of a liquid. A gas tank holds lots of weight when its full volume is displaced by gasoline. Think of a fish tank. Most fish owners know that a gallon of water weighs about 10 pounds. A 20-gallon fish tank therefore weighs about 200 pounds. Your car’s gas tank is comparable. A full gas tank holds a lot of gasoline—more than is needed to go plenty far before another fill-up.

Maybe your car has become tired of its tires

Blub-blub-blub. That may be the sensation you feel as you drive a car with a tire that is improperly inflated—or on its way to flatness. Take a walk around your car each time you start out from home. A flat tire can put a sudden end a pleasure trip or cause you to be late to your place of employment. But a slowly flattening tire can cause a slow leak in your wallet. Save on gas by keeping your tires inflated to their ideal pressure. Prevention can be as easy as taking a good look at all four of them.

A walk around your car and a visual inspection of each tire can reveal a tire that has a nail in it or a tire that is in need of a little shot of air. Check your car’s operating manual to see what tire pressure is prescribed for your make and model. Look often at your tires. And invest in a tire gauge that will give a more exact measurement. Frequent checks of your tire pressure with a tool designed for that purpose is a sure way of saving money by saving on gas.

Sometimes less is better than more in your gas tank

Consider filling your tank to the half-way point instead of the brim. Less weight means more money in your pocket because you save on gas when the engine is pulling a lighter load. In addition, research the proper octane requirements for your automobile. Your owner’s manual will reveal the best octane to use for peak performance.

Don’t think that treating your car to a more expensive grade of gasoline pays any favors in performance. Generations of research went in to the sentence in your manual that states the recommended octane grade. Save on gas by relying on the experts and sticking to the lowest possible octane level appropriate for your vehicle. Drive safe and drive smart. You’ll save on gas—and you’ll save on cash.

1 Response to "How to Save on Gas"

1 | wayne

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