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Driving skills to Save Gasoline

Updated on October 23, 2012

Gas prices are quickly going up. For now, most drivers are able to afford the increase at budget expense, which will gradually become a greater percentage of their income. We might not be able to lower the gas prices, and driving less might just not work. We can still manage to get the most millage out every gallon we buy with some drive skills that will quickly show less gas consumption and even save some time.

FOUR MAJOR TIPS

1) What car you are driving

2) What gasoline you are using for fuel

3) Excellent driving skills

4) Avoid traffic, use an ally: Technology

5) Keep your car in good condition.


What kind of car you drive (a van, sedan, or truck) will most likely make the difference on the gas economy and the millage per gallon you are able to squeeze out of the tank. What you really need? If you are looking for daily transportation to work, then a 4 cylinders sedan will be the best idea, you have a reliable car taking you to work and still have 3 more seats for passengers and a trunk. Is driving a Ford 350 to work in traffic really a good idea? Will take about a gallon to go, and a gallon to come.

What gasoline are you using to fuel you car? Gasoline is the fuel empowering a car engine. Gasoline comes into three octane levels (97,89,91). Larger engines will require larger octane level (97 for 4 cylinders, 91 for 8 cylinders). USE THE OCTANE LEVEL IDEAL FOR YOU ENGENIE, otherwise, YOU WILL GET LESS FUEL EFFICIENCY. Larger octane levels only cost a few cents more; less millage might cost you several refills.

Excellent driving skills are those techniques drives use to make their way into better fuel efficacy, safety road trips, or faster arrival time. KEEP CONSTANT SPEED means not going to fast that the car has to break several times; not going to slow that the driver has to repeatedly step on the gas. DO NOT IDLE since your average miles per gallon when in idle is a complete 0. Smaller engines will take less gasoline to power on than to keep the motor running when on parking mode. Longer engines will take more gas to power on than keep on parking mode, so larger cars are just fine in idle. BUY AN ENGINEE LUBIRCANT, which cost something between 4 to 6 dollars. It will keep your engine running smother needing less gas to speed. THE FASTER YOU DRIVE, THE MORE GAS YOU NEED so drive at the traffic speed or the posted speed limit. KNOW THE RPM, Ramps per minute are the speeds that the engine is running at. Anything lower or at 3 is good for saving gas, anything above will take up more gas to up keep speed.


Get a surprise stuck in traffic, or find a no traffic different route?

Call your friend the GPS, the traffic map, and the local weather channel. I actually use a GPS that calculates current traffic speed and will guide my way to the least traffic and fastest route. Use the weather to estimate the traffic. On cloudy rainy days traffic goes slower, and there are several accidents. On summer there might be more available routes on the street since most people take a route outside so the traffic in the city is now transferred on the highways.

Overall, it’s not about how much the gas cost, but how much you pay for it. The less you waste, the more you use. These steps could enable your car to be more efficient and reach it’s maximum potential.

Keep the car to the best possible condition

One more important thing, keep your to the best condition possible. This means spending money and time on general and deep maintenance, which DOES NOT HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE.

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      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      It surely will. Well it will greatly depend on the car, on some cars it will boost performance so you can reach faster speed more easily need to accelerate less. Yes, it will help a lot or a little, depending your car, but it will help.

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      Rufus89 5 years ago from USA, New Mexico

      Interesting article. I don't know much about cars. I think it's time for me to replace my engine air filter. Do you know, would an old, clogged engine air filter lower my car's MPG?