30 Fuel-Gas Saving Tips


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The surest way you can improve your fuel cost problem is to change your
motoring habits. Listed below under four categories are 30 effective methods
of doing so... no need to buy expensive add-on equipment.

ENGINE WARM-UP

 

1. Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings - 30 to
45 seconds is plenty of time.

2. Be sure the automatic choke is disengaged after engine warm up...
chokes often get stuck, resulting in bad gas/air mixture.

3. Don't start and stop engine needlessly. Idling your engine for one
minute consumes the gas amount equivalent to when you start the engine.

4. Avoid "revving" the engine, especially just before you
switch the engine off; this wastes fuel needlessly and washes oil down from
the inside cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.

5. Eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from
dead stop. Don't push pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel. This
allows carburettor to function at peak efficiency.

HOW TO BUY GASOLINE

 

6. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day - early morning or late
evening is best. During these times gasoline is densest. Keep in mind - gas
pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You
are charged according to "volume of measurement".

7. Choose type and brand of gasoline carefully. Certain brands provide
you with greater economy because of better quality. Use the brands which
"seem" most beneficial.

8. Avoid filling gas tank to top. Overfilling results in sloshing over
and out of tank. Never fill gas tank past the first "click" of fuel
nozzle, if nozzle is automatic.

HOW TO DRIVE ECONOMICALLY

 

9. Exceeding 40 mph forces your auto to overcome tremendous wind
resistance.

10. Never exceed legal speed limit. Primarily they are set for your
travelling safety, however better gas efficiency also occurs. Travelling at
55 mph give you up to 21% better mileage when compared to former legal speed
limits of 65 mph and 70 mph.

11. Travelling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45% more
fuel than is needed.

12. Manual shift driven cars allow you to change to highest gear as
soon as possible, thereby letting you save gas if you "nurse it
along". However, if you cause the engine to "bog down",
premature wearing of engine parts occurs.

13. Keep windows closed when travelling at highway speeds. Open windows
cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10%.

14. Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Also avoid
tailgating - the driver in front of you is unpredictable. Not only is it
unsafe, but if affects your economy, if he slows down unexpectedly.

15.Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before
you reach the hill, not while you're on it.

GENERAL ADVICE

 

16. Do not rest left foot on floor board pedals while driving. The
slightest pressure puts "mechanical drag" on components, wearing
them down prematurely. This "dragging" also demands additional fuel
usage.

17. Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel rob you
of up to 30% of your gas mileage.

18. Use alternate roads when safer, shorter, straighter. Compare
travelling distance differences - remember that corners, curves and lane
jumping requires extra gas. The shortest distance between two points is
always straight.

19. Stoplights are usually timed for your motoring advantage. By
travelling steadily at the legal speed limit you boost your chances of having
the "green light" all the way.

20. Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when your
car is idling at a standstill, e.g. railroad crossings, long traffic lights,
etc. Place gear into neutral position. This reduces transmission strain and
allows transmission to cool.

21. Park car so that you can later begin to travel in forward gear;
avoid reverse gear manoeuvres to save gas.

22. Regular tune-ups ensure best economy; check owner's manual for
recommended maintenance intervals. Special attention should be given to
maintaining clean air filters... diminished air flow increases gas waste.

23. Inspect suspension and chassis parts for occasional misalignment.
Bent wheels, axles, bad shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and
are unsafe at high travelling speeds.

24. Remove snow tires during good weather seasons; travelling on deep
tire tread really robs fuel!

25. Inflate all tires to maximum limit. Each tire should be
periodically spun, balanced and checked for out-of-round. When shopping for
new tires, get large diameter tires for rear wheels. Radial designs are the
recognised fuel-savers; check manufacturer's specifications for maximum tire
pressures.

26. Remove vinyl tops - they cause air drag. Rough surfaces disturb
otherwise smooth air flow around a car's body. Bear in mind when buying new
cars that a fancy sun roof helps disturb smooth air flow (and mileage).

27. Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10% to 20%. Heater
fan, power windows and seats increase engine load; the more load on your
engine, the less miles per gallon.

28. Remove excess weight from trunk or inside of car - extra tires,
back seats, unnecessary heavy parts. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially
when driving up inclines.

29. Car pools reduce travel monotony and gas expense - all riders chip
in to help you buy. Conversation helps to keep the driver alert. Pooling also
reduces traffic congestion, gives the driver easier manoeuvrability and
greater "steady speed" economy. For best results, distribute
passenger weight evenly throughout car.

30. During cold weather watch for icicles frozen to car frame. Up to
100 lbs. can be quickly accumulated! Snow and ice not removed cause
tremendous wind resistance. Water thrown on (or hosed on) will eliminate it
fast.

EXTRA TIPS

 

Install pressure regulator valve (sold in
auto parts stores)... Use graphite motor oil... Beware of oil additives,
regardless of advertising claims... Add Marvel Mystery Oil into gas
fill-ups... Investigate fuel/water injection methods and products... combine
short errands into one trip... Use special gas additives to prevent winter
freezing of gas lines... convert your V8 engine over to a V4 - no special
kits needed!!!



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