Friday, May 27, 2011

Cut car costs the easy way!

Keep the air filter clean.  Dirty air filters prevent sufficient air from reaching the engine.  This will cause a higher ratio of gas to be burned.  If you change your filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles, it can save you 50 cents per gallon.

Pump up the tires.  By the end of winter, most tires have low pressure due to every 10 degree drop in temperature the tire pressure drops.  Low pressure causes friction and creates a drag.  If you inflate to  the recommended pressure you could save 12 cents per gallon on gas and reduce your chance of a blowout.

Lighten the load.  Every 100 pounds of added weight reduces fule economy by 2 percent.  You could save up to 14 cents per gallon by reducing the load and remove unnecessary items.

Drive 55 MPH?  Unheard of!  Anyway, for every 10 miles over 55 mph reduces fuel economy by an average of five miles per gallon.  You spend an extra 3 cents per mile if you travel at 75 mph.  I better listen to this one!  YIKES!

Did you know the best day to get gas is on Wednesday?  If you wait to get gas for the weekend, you pay more.  I you wait until Monday, you pay more.

Use your cruise control and watch your fuel economy improve by 14 percent.  That will save you 51 cents per gallon.  I use cruise to stay within the speed limit.  Especially during a good song!  I save on speeding tickets.

Love those ads that tell you how special the big oil companies gas is?  Well, Maryland State Motor Fuel Lab did a study and found that brand-name gas isn't any cleaner or more efficient than generic gas - and brand-name gas will get you by an average of 20 cents more per gallon.

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