Gas Saving Tips 7 - 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 #14: Change The Air Filter

Fire needs three things to burn: fuel, an ignition source, and oxygen. Removing or reducing any of those three things puts out the fire or decreases its intensity.

In your engine, gasoline is the fuel, the spark plug is the ignition source, and outside air provides oxygen. It is important that the air be as clean as possible, and that sufficient air for complete gasoline combustion reaches the engine cylinders.

The air filter protects the engine from atmospheric particulates. The good news is that fabric or paper filters get more efficient at filtering as they age. The filter material is able to catch smaller and smaller particles as it becomes clogged.

The bad news is that the clogged filter lets less air through. This can result in incomplete combustion of gasoline in the engine. In other words, the gas that you just bought is running through the engine, but some of it is not being burned! This condition results in soot (carbon) buildup in the engine, and increased pollution.

The air filter acts as the car's lungs. Help your car breathe freely and improve your fuel efficiency up to 10%.

Gas Saving Tip #15: Higher Octane Doesn't Mean Higher Performance

Although it goes against common sense, a higher octane rating means that a fuel is less likely to autoignite. However, it is also more resistant to knocking. Knocking occurs when the fuel ignites in the cylinder before it is supposed to, resulting in decreased engine performance.

Unless your car is knocking, use the grade of gasoline with the octane rating recommended by the manufacturer. Using higher octane fuel usually offers no additional benefit. Instead, it wastes your money.

Gas Saving Tip #16: Don't Be Fooled By Hype

There are many gadgets and additives claiming to increase fuel efficiency and get you significantly more miles per gallon.

Some of these products are gasoline or oil additives. Others attach around or into the fuel line. Still others claim to optimize the air flow and increase the horsepower.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tested some of these claims and found only marginal increases in fuel efficiency. Some tests showed no change while some showed decreases in efficiency.

Carefully research such products before buying and using them. Most of the claims made by manufacturers are supported by their own research. Make sure there is third-party evidence that the product works. Check with your car dealer or manufacturer to be sure that the product won't void your car's warrantee.

If the only evidence that the product works comes from its manufacturer, consider spending your money on routine maintenance and gas saving tips that are known to work.

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.

Doug Smith invites you to find more free information on Save Gas and other gas saving tips at .

©2006 by Doug Smith. This article may be freely reprinted as long as this copyright notice and the author's resource statement above remain attached, the article is unchanged, and all hyperlinks remain clickable.

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