Road tips are fun, but with the increasing fuel cost, it can put a hole in anyone’s pocket. If you are a student commuting to school everyday, or an adult driving to work at a far distance, there are many ways of saving money by improving your gas mileage. Other than telling you to buy a hybrid or a more fuel efficient car, you can be cutting down less gas consumption with your current car right now. Here are the many tips that will be given to you so that you can save gas money.
Every now and then, you will need to give your car a maintenance. Think of your car as yourself. You eat lunch to fuel yourself up for the day, and you come home and eat dinner then rest up for tomorrow. Although you require a bit more maintenance than your car, your car should still be checked out every two weeks or so. Here are some car maintenance that you should be doing.
Pumping Your Tires
Believe it or not, not having your tires at the correct PSI(pound per square inch) can save you a lot of gas consumption. The recommended PSI depends on the make of your tires, which can be found by looking at the stamp on the sidewall of the tire. PSI number is calculated based on the vehicle’s weight distribution overall.
You don’t want to pump below the recommended PSI because then you will require more gas to travel; where as you don’t want to pump over the recommended PSI because your tires can explode due to high pressure. If you’ve never heard what a tire explosion sounds like, it is very similar to a sound of a shotgun blast.
Over pumping your tires will also slow down your car, believe it or not! Higher pressure does make your car seem to go faster, but it will have more tendency to vibrate and bounce, which increases the rolling resistance.
Replacing Motor Oil
The grade of your motor oil tells you the viscosity of it. Make sure that you sure the correct grade for your car, else you will increase the friction in which your engine produces. By producing more friction than usual, it will create heat and burn up more gas.
It may not make sense to replace your air filters because it has nothing to do with your car engine, but it does. When you are giving your car a maintenance, you want to replace your air filters when it gets too dirty. It’s hard to know when to replace car filters but when you see it getting way too dirty, it’s time to do it. Replacing and putting a new one in will keep dirt from clogging up your car engine, which is the main purpose in keeping your engine nice and clean.
Your Driving Habits
The way you drive also has to do with the way you consume fuel. Here are the ways on what you can do in order to consume less gas when out on the road.
If you own a sun roof car, having that sun roof open can severely lower your gas mileage. It’s okay to have it open once in a while, but to save gas whenever possible, don’t open it or when you’re going at a fast speed.
If you own a truck, having the back door trunk opened will actually create drag. The physics behind this is that the rear door is meant to create what engineers call “air bubble’. When your truck is speeding ahead and air starts flowing through, there will be an ‘air bubble’ that forms on the bed of your truck. By putting your trunk down, you destroy that ‘air bubble’, causing more drag than if you were to leave the trunk up. It seems counter-intuitive but it’s true.
Your windows exist for a reason! Although the summers tend to get extremely hot, it is understandable that you are going to want to roll up your windows and blast the A/C. Even then, try not to use the A/C at its full power.
When not using the A/C, don’t just roll your window all the way down or you increase drag. Have it down just a little bit where you can still feel airflow. On the a side note, if you are going at a high speed, it may be better to actually have the A/C on rather than having the windows down.
Don’t turn on your A/C when you start your car right away. Get on the road first so your engine can warm itself. Also turn off your A/C at around the last 5 minutes before your destination is reached so that it isn’t working at the last minute.
Brake The Correct Way
Whenever you sudden stomp on the brake, your car is forced to shift into a lower gear automatically. By suddenly transitioning from a high gear to a low gear, you won’t lose gas gas, but when you re-accelerate, that’s where most gas consumption will occur.
Have a good habit of slowly de-accelerating your car. That way if you are going to accelerate again, your car won’t have to transit as hard. The main concept behind braking correctly is that you try to have a smooth sail going. You don’t want it to be like a rollarcoaster where it stops and go repeatedly.
This may be hard for those who are the type to ‘pedal to the metal’. Before you think of yourself that way, ask yourself if you’re willing to spend the money to have a few seconds of enjoyment.
Driving fast is proven to increase drag on your car, thus using more gas consumption. There is a reason why speed limit exists. There are there to tell you the best speed for the type of road that you’re traveling on—and safeness. By following the speed limit, you will also find yourself stopping at red lights less often than if you were to go over the speed limit—and you decrease the possibility of getting a ticket!
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