I went to get gas today and spent $12 and it gave me a quarter of a tank. WTF?!?!?! I don't drive anything close to an SUV. In fact, my car is pretty little. I really can't believe this gas sitch, and the worst part about it is that it is just suppose to get more expensive. I saw on the news last night that in California, you ladies are paying almost $4.23! Outrageous!
I found a list of things that can make your gas last longer, and things you might be doing that make you use more gas than necessary. I think we could all take a look at this list, because this is getting really ridiculous.
- If your coolant or oxygen sensor is faulty, it could reduce your gas efficiency by 25%
- If your check engine light is on it could very well mean you are wasting gas because of a mechanical issue. The more modern cars can be hooked up to a computer and checked quickly and easily to see if it is causing a gasoline problem.
- Your gas efficiency can be reduced by 5% if you don't change out your spark plugs and filters regularly.
- Pumping the gas and the brakes can waste gas when you are zipping through traffic. Watch traffic down the road so you can brake slowly.
- Ski racks, bike racks and cargo boxes can reduce your gas mileage by 20%. When you are not using them, try storing them instead.
- Get rid of the crap from your car, and trunk. You don't want to pay for gas to drive your stuff around.
- Keep your tires inflated to the psi target (it has the label on the inside of the driver's door.) It can increase your gas mileage by 3.3%
- We all know that driving on the highway is the most efficient way to save gas but the best number is to stay between 55 and 65 mph. If you drive faster than that then you can waste up to 40% more gas!
- Instead of using the drive through at a restaurant park your car and walk in. It can use up calories too!
- On cold days you only need to warm your car for 1-2 minutes. It is plenty of time for your engine.
- Unless your car requires premium gas, it is not necessary for you to buy it. It doesn't make your car run any more efficient.
Source: AAA Horizons Newsletter
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