All we seem to hear on the news these days is how gas prices are going through the roof and show no sign of slowing down, let alone stopping.
In fact, there are many experts who are now saying that before it gets any better, it could get a lot worse. That has made the public desperate for ways to increase gas mileage.
What are your options when there are so many different crackpot methods online? Just today we saw a television news station advising drivers to fill up their gas tanks in the morning when gas is cooler and more condensed, as a way of getting more for your money. Liquids do take up less volume when they are cold, but this advice is not going to make a massive difference to your gas bill.
This outdated advice may have been true once-we don't know for sure-but we do know that today gas stations store fuel below ground in 30,000-gallon tanks. What this means is that the gas will remain at near a constant temperature so that daily cycles will not cause it to expand or contract.
We've seen all sorts of other bad advice that's outdated, ill-advised or just outright fraud. Claims that devises which bleed air into the carburetor can dramatically increase gas mileage turn out not to be true when put to the test under closely monitored conditions.
Face it-with a long-term gas crises looming ahead, there are plenty of governmental bodies and even private industries that have good reason to want to help you save on gas. So counting down, here are the top 10 tips that you can use to really help save money on gas and reduce consumption:
10. You should always have your tires inflated properly as per the manufacturer's guidelines. Under inflated tires make the vehicle run less efficiently and waste gas. In fact, it can be estimated that for every 1lb of under inflation, you could be losing up to 5% of your gas mileage.
9. Don't be an aggressive driver. Jackrabbit starts, tire screeching stops and speeding can lower your gas mileage by 5% on city streets and as much as 33% on highways. Try to look ahead and see where you may need to slow down or stop, this way you can take your foot off the pedal and allow the car to coast and slow naturally.
8. Avoid excessive idling. You waste a gallon of gas for every 15 minutes your car is left idling. If you can, time your journeys so that you avoid sitting forever at traffic lights and try and cut the time you need for your car to warm up. If the weather is warm outside, the most effective way to get an engine up to temperature is actually just by driving. Idling is the worst thing you can do - you get zero miles to the gallon if your car is running but not moving!
7. Slow down. The faster you go, the less efficiently your vehicle uses gas. 55 is the most efficient mph on highways. Go above 60 and your fuel efficiency decreases rapidly.
6. Remove excess weight. If you're used to driving around with your golf clubs and a chain saw in your trunk, you're paying a heavy price for it. Removing an extra 100 pounds from your car will increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 2%.