Ten Tricks for Utilizing Less Gas and Saving More Money
The hurricane which has ruined so many lives has made a huge increase in gasoline prices around the country, even in areas that are not directly affected by the crisis.
With this in mind, listed here are a few ways which you can reduce your gas consumption, and thus spend less money at the pump. Concurrently, you will also be helping the environment by putting less emissions into the air.
1. Steer clear of idling whenever possible. Modern engines don’t need to be warmed up. Actually, they warm up better by driving them slowly, under a light load. Instead of using the drive-up window at the local fast food joint, think about going inside as an alternative. If you do use the pick-up window, switch off the engine while you are in line. It takes less gas to restart a warmed-up engine than it does to idle for 30 seconds or more.
2. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Don’t stomp on the gas peddle when the light turns green. Try to anticipate traffic flow and drive accordingly, keeping safety in mind at all times.
3. Lighten the load. If you have a bunch of stuff in your car that you don’t need with you, store it elsewhere. The more your car weighs, the more gas the engine need to burn.
4. Combine trips. Try to run all your errands at one time. Planning ahead for what you need to purchase and do can save lots of trips and miles.
5. Check tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires create drag and lessen fuel efficiency by as much as 2%. Properly inflated are safer and they last longer. Carrying a car tyre inflator like the ones below will come in handy to check and maintain right tyre pressure.
6. Make use of the right gas. Check your owner’s manual for the right grade of gas for your car. It is a waste of money to make use of a higher grade than recommended.
7. Close the gas cap properly. Make certain the seal is tight. If you purchase a replacement cap, make certain it is the right one for your make and model.
8. Change the air filter on a regular basis. A clogged filter minimizes mileage.
9. Change the spark plugs. Make sure to install new high efficiency ones like the ones below at the appropriate intervals to improve mileage.
10. Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle. If you have more than one automobile, drive the one with the best mileage rating whenever possible.
I would want to close by asking everyone who reads this article to make sure you give whatever you can to relief agencies such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, or one of many other worthy organizations which are working hard to bring aid and comfort to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Although it hurts to pay more at the pump, it can’t compare with the agony that a great many in the Gulf Coast are experiencing.