Fuel bills are a worry for everyone
who has a car. As soon as there is any sign of there being a light
at the end of the tunnel, along comes another economic downturn; or
eco-friendly lobbies encourage the government to change the way we
use cars by ratcheting up the tax on fuel. Either way, it is the
common man who ends up with the rough end of the stick; driving a
gas-guzzling terror without any other real option. If you are
beginning to feel desperate at the situation, then you might like to
know that there are always plenty of things that you can do to save
money on gas.
As well as limiting the amount of
time that you spend in travel, you should also consider swapping
your car for a more economical version. This may not seem like much
of a saving, especially if you are a business with a number of
vehicles to your name, but generally, the smaller the car, the more
economical it is; so a new car may end up helping you save money on
gas, and will be an economical benefit in the long run.
Changing to a synthetic motor oil
will also help you to save money on gas by reducing engine friction.
Keeping the engine running as smoothly as possible will probably
help you to improve the efficiency of your motor, and can also
increase its gas mileage. As well as changing to this oil next time
you have your oil changed, also add a fuel injector cleaner. This
will help the injectors to stay clean, which will improve
combustion, meaning that you can get more from your fuel.
Be sure to put your gas caps on
tightly. A loosely fitted cap allows the fuel to escape through
evaporation - around 147 million gallons evaporates into the air
from poorly sealed gas caps every year in the US alone. So you can
understand why making sure that your gas caps are on tightly
benefits your bank balance. If you can find a gas cap that meets
your vehicle specifications, you might even want to invest in a
locking gas cap.
A good idea to save money on gas is
to buy early in the morning or very late at night. This is because
gas is most dense at these times, and gas is sold by volume, not
density. Therefore, when you buy your gasoline at these times, you
are buying more fuel per gallon than during warmer hours.
Driving at the top speeds uses more
fuel per mile that a slightly slower speed. For example, driving at
55 mph will produce a 21% more economical mileage when compared to
driving at 65-70 mph. It is well worth driving that little bit more
slowly in order to save money on gas bills. It will also help to
reduce wear and tear on the car, which aside from causing damage can
also reduce the effectiveness of the