Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fuel Conservation for Sizable Savings

No matter if gas prices are on the rise or are temporarily falling, tips to help save money at the pump are always welcome- especially if the ideas are practically effortless. 
Implement these simple strategies and you will be filling your tank less frequently, saving your hard-earned money in return, and reducing your carbon footprint to boot!
Every time you get behind the wheel:
  • Maintain a steady speed at the designated limit-driving 55 instead of 60mph can reduce fuel consumption by nearly 10%.
  • Accelerate slowly on gravel or slippery roads to prevent wasted gas from slippage as well as extra-wear on your tires.
  • Drive steadily-unnecessary steering wheel movements cause fuel-burning tire drag.
  • Refrain from using the air conditioning at lower speeds.
  • Avoid unnecessary braking-use rolling resistance to lessen brake-wear and gas consumption.
  • Turn the vehicle off at red lights, idling quite simply wastes gas.
  • Avoid "jack rabbit" starts which, not only increase fuel usage, they are hard on tires.
Service your vehicle regularly! It may cost a little extra in the short-term, but you'll save on gas and extend the life of your vehicle in the long-run. 
Keep in mind that: 
A poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by up to 50%. 
Under-inflated tires can increase gas usage by 10% . 
Changing spark plugs regularly can substantially save on fuel . 
Balanced, aligned and
properly inflated tires make for a smoother ride, thereby enhancing gas preservation.

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