Gas Saving Tips 3 - Use Less Gas And Save Money
by Doug Smith
You have probably heard theses gas saving tips from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and whoever taught you to drive. Yet very few people actually bother to implement them.
Why is that? Are people tired of hearing them? Have these gas saving tips been said so many times that people tune them out? Well, you are going to hear them again in this series of articles, along with the reasons why they DO work!
Gas Saving Tip #4: Avoid Sudden Stops
This tip seems to go against common sense. It is easy to see that avoiding sudden starts can save gas. Stopping slows the engine down. How can that waste gas?
The key to saving gas with this tip is the word "sudden." As seen in the previous gas saving tips, it takes lots of energy to get one or two tons of rolling metal up to speed. Once the car reaches that "sweet spot" of optimal fuel efficiency around 60 mph, it is using less gas than during acceleration.
At cruising speed the car's engine has converted the gasoline's chemical energy into kinetic or moving energy. You already paid for that forward motion at the pump, so it is wise to conserve it too.
Learn to take your foot off the gas pedal and coast toward stops when possible. This uses very little gas and is your reward for having to use lots of fuel to accelerate the car. Sudden stops deprive you of your chance to recover some of the energy you spent accelerating.
Gas Saving Tip #5: Don't Idle For Long Periods
Idling literally means "doing nothing." It occurs when the engine is running without the vehicle being in motion. This may be because the engine is running while the car is parked, you are stuck in traffic, or waiting at a red light.
When idling, your car achieves exactly 0 mph. The gas that the idling car uses does not provide movement. The longer you idle, the more gas you waste. Big engines waste more gas while idling than small engines.
Instead of idling, turn off your engine if you anticipate a long wait. Not only will you save gas, you will create less pollution too.
Gas Saving Tip #6: Remove Excess Weight From Your Car
Engines are rated in horsepower. Like a horse and wagon, the more weight your car has to carry, the more energy it uses. This wastes gas.
Most excess weight is found in the trunk. Open your trunk and remove unnecessary items. Keep your emergency items like tools, flashlights, jack and spare tire. If the weather is warm, remove the 50 pounds of cat litter and 20 pounds of rock salt you carried during the winter. If the weather is cold, remove the gardening tools or bags of mulch you forgot to use.
A lighter car saves gas. It is estimated that every 100 pounds of extra weight in the trunk reduces fuel efficiency by 2%.
As gas prices go higher, the need to save gas and save money on fuel is greater than ever. More gas saving tips can be found at the website below.
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