How to save on any vehicles gas prices
With the gas prices quadrupling in the past ten years, its never been more important to get the best possible gas mileage with your vehicle. There are many ways to get better gas mileage with your vehicle. I will go over methods that everyone can use no matter the age of your vehicle, or where you are located.
Check your owners manual
Check your owners manual, and find the recommended mileage to perform preventive maintenance for your vehicle. Performing preventive maintenance on your vehicle will insure that your engine is running smoothly. A clogged air filter or misfiring spark plug can cause excessive fuel consumption.
If you no longer have your owners manual check your manufactuer website for maintence schedule.
Avoid topping off the tank
Stop pumping on the first click, any more fuel pumped will just evaporate.
Plan your trips
Plan your trips to the grocery store etc. and consolidate into one trip to avoid excessive driving.
Check engine light
Most times you want notice a difference in driving when your check engine light pops on. But if your light is on your engine is not running properly and this will cause excessive fuel consumption.
Check your tire pressure
Low tire pressure will not only cause excessive fuel consumption, it will wear down your tire life in a matter of days. Low tire pressure is also the leading cause of vehicle accidents.
Starting your car takes about the same amount as idling for thirty seconds, so if you are stopped longer than thirty seconds cut it off and restart
Drive at a consistent speed
Avoid fast accelerating and hard braking. Keep a good distance when behind other vehicles to avoid braking and accelerating.
Park away from the sun
Gas evaporates right out of your fuel tank. Park your vehicle so that the fuel tank is in the direction away from the sun.
Plan ahead when refueling
Check the web for the best gas prices in your daily route. Don't drive out of your way just to save a few cents. I actually know people who will drive all the way across town and use more gas than there saving. Think economically.
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Use a fuel injection cleaner
Dirty fuel injectors and cylinder walls will not only cause poor fuel economy, but will also cause pre-mature wear to your engine. Use a fuel injection cleaner ever 3,000 miles or every oil change.
Gas prices will continue to effect our lives
It's only possible to save just so much on your fuel mileage. With the ever increasing gas prices, it will be necessary to start cutting expenses else where in life.
Good luck to everyone! Please feel free to share some things you do in the comments below.
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