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| posted on 8/7/2008 at 05:02 AM|
|Obama said one thing we can do to reduce gas dependence is to properly inflate your tires. He's right but he should have said more! McCain jumped on him about it but just yesterday said he was right. Regardless of your politics every little thing we can do helps so I thought I'd pass on these gas savings tips...most of which you probably already know.|
Keep your vehicle well maintained
A car in poor running condition will use more gas than one that has been tuned up. According to this checklist at Advance Auto Parts, a dirty air filter can reduce gas mileage up to 20%. They also note that spark plugs in poor condition can reduce gas mileage up to 12%.
Be wary of gas-saving products
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission warns that most gas-saving products are bogus: “Be wary of any gas-saving claims for automotive devices or oil and gas additives. Even for the few gas-saving products that have been found to work, the savings have been small.” Consumer Reports says, “Don’t waste your money.”
Keep tires properly inflated
Underinflated tires aren’t just dangerous — they devour fuel economy by as much as 25%! (I know this from experience — whenever I notice a drop in MPG, my tires are usually low.) Overinflated tires aren’t efficient, either. Also keep your tires balanced and in alignment.
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Find the best prices
Use the web to research the lowest prices in your neighborhood. For example, GasBuddy.com is “a network of more than 179+ gas price information web sites that helps you find low gasoline prices.”
Buy gas from a wholesale club
Some Costco or Sam’s Club stores offer their members discounts of up to ten cents per gallon on fuel. Our local Safeway store gives us a three-cent discount on gas after we spend a certain amount on groceries. (Though we’d have to drive 25 miles to find a place to use it!)
Alter your commute time
If possible, schedule your trips and errands for times when traffic is lighter. In an insanely detailed article, Omninerd found that commute times varied widely depending on the time the author left the house. If your company allows it, try coming in earlier or later in order to avoid rush hour.
Optimize your travel
Consolidate trips: If you know you have to buy groceries, take your clothes to the dry cleaner at the same time, and then drop little Johnny at soccer practice. Combine multiple trips into one.
Lighten your load
Carry only the bare neccessities — don’t haul things in your trunk. “For every extra 250 pounds your engine hauls, the car loses about one mile per gallon in fuel economy.” [via Bankrate]
About half of your vehicle’s energy is expended overcoming air resistance. (The other half is expended in acceleration.) Reduce your car’s workload — remove anything that might cause drag: luggage racks, bike racks, ski racks, etc,
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Buy gas on Wednesdays
“Gas prices are statistically the cheapest on Wednesdays, but this is only true over a large number of days. It won’t be true every week.” Gas prices often jump before holidays, too. [via WikiHow]
Don’t go out of your way to save a few pennies on gas
If it’s convenient to shop at a cheaper place, do so. If not, don’t. On a ten-gallon fill-up, saving five cents a gallon only nets you fifty cents. My car costs about 36 cents per mile to operate. It doesn’t make sense for me to go a mile out of my way to find cheaper gas.
Buy gas during the coolest times of the day
“During these times gasoline is densest. Keep in mind - gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to ‘volume of measurement’.” [via HowToAdvice.com]
Of course consumer reports takes a couple of these ideas to task.
Morning fill-ups. A common tip is to buy gasoline in the morning, when the air is cool, rather than in the heat of the day. The theory is that the cooler gasoline will be denser, so you will get more for your money. But the temperature of the gasoline coming out of the fuel nozzle changes very little, if at all, during any 24-hour stretch. Any extra gas you get will be negligible.
Air conditioning vs. opening windows. Some people advise you not to run the air conditioner because it puts more of a load on the engine, which can decrease fuel economy. But others say that opening the windows at highway speeds can affect gas mileage even more by disrupting the vehicle's aerodynamics. Our tests show that neither makes enough of a difference to worry about. Using air conditioning while driving at 65 mph reduced the Camry's gas mileage by about 1 mpg. The effect of opening the windows at 65 mph was not even measurable.
A dirty air filter. Our tests show that driving with a dirty air filter no longer has any impact on fuel economy, as it did with older engines. That's because modern engines use computers to precisely control the air/fuel ratio, depending on the amount of air coming in through the filter. Reducing airflow causes the engine to automatically reduce the amount of fuel being used. Fuel economy didn't change, but the Camry accelerated much more slowly with a dirty filter.
[Edited on 8/7/2008 by Kreedham]
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| posted on 8/7/2008 at 06:25 AM|
|Obama said to inflate your tires and get regular tuneups, and the statement was made following a lady's question as to how she could save gas. That is why McCain's making light of this answer with his tire gauges that have embossed on them "Obama's Energy Plan" was unfair. I guess McCain would have told the woman to drill in her backyard!|
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| posted on 8/7/2008 at 07:27 AM|
Obama said to inflate your tires and get regular tuneups, and the statement was made following a lady's question as to how she could save gas. That is why McCain's making light of this answer with his tire gauges that have embossed on them "Obama's Energy Plan" was unfair. I guess McCain would have told the woman to drill in her backyard!
I think Obama did even better after they attacked him for his reasonable and correct response to that ladys question. He made the statement that the Republicans seem to be proud of their ignorance. I loved it. The whole speech was actually pretty good.
Missing- 245 spines. If found, please send one to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and the rest to the Capitol building care of the Democratic Party.
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| posted on 8/7/2008 at 12:07 PM|
|Thanks for posting these, Reed. One thing some folks might not know is that you should look at the tire pressure recommended on the inside of your driver's side door, not what is on the tire, which is a maximum pressure.|
I think it is hilarious how the Republicans are trying to make Obama look stupid on this, while some of them clearly don't even know what in the hell they are talking about. I swear to God, this morning I heard Trent Lott, while ridiculing Obama, say "Everyone knows we should inflate our tires more."
What a f*cking idiot! But all the old, tired, Republican white men who no longer have seats in Congress are now parading out to say Obama is not as smart as us. It really is funny.
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