Posts Tagged ‘save gas’

How To Have a MPG Friendly Road Trip

August 11, 2008

Leave the Chrome at Home

Many of us love the fancy sport rims complete with the big wide tread tires but they can sadly be a MPG killer. When you change to these from your factory stock tires and rims it’s a good idea to keep the factory ones in your garage if you take any long road trips. When it’s time for your trip your car can have the tires changed very inexpensively or even free at many tire shops. This change in your cars’ apparel will yield a smoother ride with a higher MPG rating.

Set the Car to Cruise

Cruise control is a real MPG saver. It prevents you from accelerating above the speed you select which means you can travel down the road without worrying so much about the MPG you are losing. We know they uneven acceleration can burn gas at a higher rate but uneven pressure on the gas pedal can do it too. And setting your cruise control to the speed limit or just below keeps you out of hot water with the local highway patrol.

Hang With the Big Rigs

If you drive in stop and go traffic or get caught in a traffic jams a lot this tip will save you big time. The next time you are caught in traffic watch the cars around you closely. You will have the stop and go speed demons who race to consume what little space becomes available. But if you turn your attention to the far right hand lane, or the so called “slow lane” you will see the enlightened drivers who know a secret. You will see that lane full of big rigs as well as drivers saving MPG. What’s the secret? They don’t burn extra gas by rapidly starting and stopping every time the traffic moves. Semi drivers have to be extra careful with the rate at which they accelerate. It takes a lot longer for them to gain speed and it also takes a lot longer distance for them to come to a stop. Truck drivers are much more inclined to roll along in heavy traffic. You can take your cue from them and roll along in traffic congestion. Your trip really won’t take any longer and you will enjoy the savings.

How To Get The Family Involved (Otherwise Known As “Mom, Do I Have To?”)

August 4, 2008

How To Get The Kids In On The Act

With school getting back into full swing now is the perfect time to teach the kids a real life lesson in economics. First explain to the them the mechanics of extra cargo meaning loss of MPG. We all know that school brings extra activities and extra cargo and extra cargo means loss of MPG. Offer to increase their allowance with part of your savings at the pump if they remove the soccer equipment, basketball gear or whatever extra cargo they need to carry inside anyway. Show them the difference at the pump and explain that it adds up every time you visit the gas pump. They get the benefit of learning responsibility as well as economics and you get the benefit of not only fuel savings but a clean car to boot.

Let’s save some gas!!

July 30, 2008

As the national average for gas hovers around the $4 a gallon mark we all  are in search of ways to increase our MPG. A few simple tricks can really add up to saving gas and saving money. And who couldn’t use a little extra cash?

Drivers Slow Down Your Engines

We all have a little of the racecar driver in us. But when we resist that urge to accelerate quickly we save gas. Fast acceleration causes your car to work much harder thus burning more gas. And with that goes driving the speed limit. Maintaining a constant speed at or even slightly below the speed limit will yield significant results. It all goes back to making your car work less. And besides no one likes those pesky speeding tickets.

Be a Neat Freak

Every driver has been guilty of tossing things in the trunk of the car to put away later. Sometimes later is a long time away and that will unknowingly cost you at the pump. Keep only necessary items in the car like your spare and any emergency items you need. But remove anything else that’s not needed. Every little bit counts.

It’s Time For a Checkup

Proper maintenance goes a long way in improving your MPG. Proper tire pressure not only improves your mileage but makes for a smoother and safer ride. Check your car’s requirements for the correct amount needed. Oil changes along with filter changes are also crucial. Dirty oil and air filters make the engine work much harder robbing you of mileage.

Trying these few simple tips will yield noticeable results. Enjoy your extra MPG and your savings.

The borrowed truck

June 26, 2008

So the other day I go to fill up my buddies truck, which I borrowed to move some stuff out of storage.  I use the ATM thingy and I go back to texting or emailing or whatever it was I was doing. Anyway, after a while, the pump stops, so I figure it’s full, right? Pump says $75.00 so it must be. I drive away, and glance down at the fuel gauge only to see it’s only ¾ full. Insane.


It got me thinking, is there a way to get more for your dollar? A bit of research, and here’s what I came up with: Fill up in the morning. You see, gas expands in warm weather, so if fill up in the AM when the temperature is cooler, you get denser fuel that contains more energy per gallon. In other words, fill up when it’s cool to get more bang for your gasoline buck!