Gas Saving Tips
While our truckers are on the road, here's some tips that we can use to help out at home in our "4-wheelers" to keep fuel costs down.
article by Fisher Swanson
Gas prices are on the rise again! Here are some
tips to help you conserve gas and save money as deal with high gas prices.
1. Keep your car tuned up. Cars in poor running
condition use more gasoline.
2. Plan trips well to avoid unnecessary driving.
3. When you run your air conditioner you get much worse gas mileage. Use your
air conditioner sparingly. If you have a lower setting, use it. Turn it on until
the car gets cool, then turn it off and let the fan circulate the cool air.
Never run your air conditioner with your windows open!
4. Keep your windows closed when traveling at high speeds. Open windows cause
additional drag and lower your gas mileage. At high speeds, an open window can
use more gas than many air conditioners (especially if they are on a low
5. Check your tire pressure. Over-inflated tires can actually reduce your fuel
efficiency, so don't overfill.
6. If at all possible, change your work start time to avoid
gridlock. Stop and go traffic hurts your gas mileage.
to accelerate slowly when leaving the stop light. It's not a competition with
the driver in the lane next to you. The fastest person through the
intersection just gets to spend more on gas.”|
7. Take unneeded items out of the car. You don't
need to carry snow chains around with you in the summertime. Just make sure to
put them back in when winter comes around.
8. Try not to idle your engine for long periods of time. If you are stuck in
traffic and you don't think you are going to go anywhere in the next few
minutes, you may want to turn your car off.
9. You no longer need to warm your car up for long periods of time, especially
new cars. New cars are made to run when cold.
10. Don't travel at fast speeds in low gears unless you need the compression to
11. Try to drive the speed limit.
12. Try to accelerate slowly when leaving the stop light. It's not a competition
with the driver in the lane next to you. The fastest person through the
intersection just gets to spend more on gas.
13. No need to buy the highest priced gasoline. Most cars are built to run on
regular unleaded. Check you owners manual or consult a mechanic. I have had many
tell me that the more expensive gas is a waste of money.
14. Revving the engine needlessly wastes gas. There is no need to rev before you
turn your vehicle off.
15. If at all possible, try to arrange car pools with co-workers to share the
cost of commuting to work.
16. Walk, bike or run to your intended location whenever possible.
17. When the price is sky high, don't fill up. Wait for the price to go down
before you fill up your tank. Filling up your tank when the price is peaking
lets gas companies know that you are willing to pay ridiculous prices for
gasoline. If you know the price is going to skyrocket go ahead and fill up.
18. And last, the biggest and most important step towards saving money on gas is
always try to purchase vehicles that get good gas mileage. The difference
between 20 miles-per-gallon and 40 miles-per-gallon is huge.
.© Fisher Swanson.
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