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How to save on any vehicles gas prices

Updated on January 1, 2013
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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.

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Avoid Idling

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.

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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    • knslms profile image

      knslms 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow, thats news to me. Learn something everyday!

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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      On carburated cars clogged air filter caused air-fuel mixture to become richer. On fuel injected cars computer controls air-fuel ratio and just adjusts the amount of fuel to keep it stechiometric, or your catalytic converter won't work. Thus you may lose in performance, but not in economy :)

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      knslms 9 years ago from North Carolina

      "call me out" just a way of putting it, nothing rude. How is a clogged air filter out dated?

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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      I was not going to call you out, because I mostly agree to what you are saying here, with minor reservations. Sorry if I sounded like that. :)

      I was just pointing out that some of your data is a bit outdated, and I still stand by that. Just give it a thought - through what exactly hole gas evaporates? ;) Oh, btw, and clogged air filter is outdated, too.

      As for 5mpg - it may or may not happen, depending on the base driving style and car condition.

      And thanks for one more outdated tip that I can include into my comprehensive list here:

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      knslms 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes its called the evap system in the world of technicians (which I am) and its bellow the goose neck therefore overfilled gas will evaporate. I'm sure on paper it sounds real nice but let your car set for about two to three weeks and see if you have the same amount. If just a few of these tips were put into place I would safely say you could save up to 5 mpg easily.

      Sorry I enjoy your hubs, but you just picked the wrong subject to call me out on.

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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      All good - but 30 years ago :)

      Modern cars have a special recirculation system that ensures no gas is evaporated. As log as you keep your tank cap shut, your gas will not evaporate, even topped off on the sun :)

      And I wouldn't guarantee 5mpg out of that - it depends on too many factors...

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      knslms 9 years ago from North Carolina

      I used to do the same thing. Thanks for your kind comments

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      JennHollowell 9 years ago from Richmond, Maine USA

      It looks like I've been making a lot of mistakes (like not stopping at the first click - I keep going until I can't squeeze anymore in there). Thank you for this information - it's VERY helpful!