Gas Saving Tips 4 - 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 #7: Combine Your Errands

I know you've heard this tip to save gas: combine your errands. Try to do as many errands as you can in one trip, especially if your errand destinations are near each other.

It is easy to see that this is a time saving tip too. By extension, it is also a gas saving tip, because one continuous trip uses less gas than individual trips. What you may not have considered is that this is also an engine saving tip!

As we discussed in previous tips, a car engine converts the chemical energy of gasoline into kinetic or motion energy. This is done by creating a continuous series of controlled gasoline explosions in the engine. The expanding gases of these explosions push the cylinders that turn the drive shaft. The drive shaft turns the tires, and off you go.

It has been said that a cold start is toughest time for an engine. During a cold start, engine oil is thick and doesn't yet provide maximum lubrication. There is more friction in the cylinders, causing the engine to work harder.

Most chemical reactions (such as exploding gasoline) work best under warmer conditions. So does your engine. Even though engine parts expand as the engine warms up, the oil flows more easily and lubricates better. The more efficient gasoline explosions convert more gasoline into forward motion.

If you have five errands and perform each one separately, your engine must cold start five times. Each start uses some of the energy of the detonating gasoline to warm up the several hundred pounds of metal that comprises the engine. Combining errands means that you head to the next errand with an engine that is already warmed up, saving gas and engine wear.

Gas Saving Tip #8: Use Overdrive or Cruise Control

Use overdrive or the cruising gear if your car has one. Overdrive is a gear designed for use when your car is cruising at a steady speed for a long period of time. The engine generates the same power but turns at a slower rate while in overdrive. This decreases fuel usage, saving gas.

Similarly, use your cruise control to maintain a steady speed. As discussed during previous tips, most cars have maximum fuel efficiency near 60 miles per hour (mph). Keeping a constant speed saves more gas than constant speeding up and slowing down. You can also use the cruise control as your conscience: set it at the speed limit and let the police catch someone else speeding.

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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