3 Simple ways to lower your car fuel cost

Putting petrol in the tank.

The number of families that own a car has steady increased over the last decade.

This means that gasoline is becoming a significant expense to more and more households

The annual gasoline expense of some households is quite high.

Certainly it is wonderful when the price of gasoline is cut.

Although the likelihood of this happening always is remote, there are ways of realizing benefits almost as dramatic as such a gasoline price cut.

How so?

By increasing the number of miles you are presently getting from a gallon of gas.

This can be done by practicing good driving habits and maintaining your car in proper running condition.

And perhaps by purchasing a more economical fuel.

Let us elaborate each of this fuel saving ways in more details.

1. Gas-saving driving habits

After testing several advertised gas saving gadgets, all of which failed to improve gas mileage substantially, Popular Science reports:

Our conclusions are that the best ways to save gas and get more power from your car are to keep it tuned to factory [specifications] and improve your driving skills.”

Another automotive specialist assessed the motorist’s skill as the “most important single controllable factor in driving economy.”

But what are good, gas-saving driving habits?

The most important of all is easy, smooth acceleration.

Avoid tramping on the gas pedal.

Every time you do, an excess of gasoline is poured into the engine, much of which is expelled through the exhaust unused.

So economy driving means developing a feather foot.

This will eliminate such practices as jackrabbit getaways, darting about in traffic and nervous pumps on the gas pedal while waiting for a signal light to change.

Some expert drivers say that they imagine there is an egg between their foot and the gas pedal, and they always press gently so as not to break it.

This habit of smooth, easy acceleration can add up to ten more miles per gallon from your gasoline.

By developing the related habit of evenness in driving speed, you may make such remarkable gas savings a reality.

The biggest enemy of economy is the brake pedal.

Too many drivers forget to synchronize speed with traffic lights.

Expert drivers alertly watch traffic conditions, anticipating well in advance any necessary change of pace.

In this way they hold stops, starts and gear shifting to a minimum and maintain the steadiest possible speed.

The brakes are used only when necessary.

You can drive the same way.

Practice it.

The next time you get behind the wheel of a car concentrate on using a feather foot on the gas pedal, and determine not to use the brakes unnecessarily.

That will mean observing the red traffic light a block or two ahead and coasting toward it, instead of continuing to accelerate.

By the time you reach the light it may turn green, and you can continue without stopping.

Remember: Every time you use your brake it will take extra gas to build up speed again.

It is also important to avoid staying in the lower gears for extended periods.

On most cars, low gear at 20 mph. uses about 50 percent more gasoline than high gear at the same speed.

An “economy run” winner driving a standard shift car said that he usually up shifted at 11 or 12 mph. and again at 20 to 22 mph.

Cruising speed is important, too, the most economical being from about 35 to 50 mph.

To drive at 80 mph. nearly doubles the cost of gasoline from What it would cost to cover the same number of miles at 40 m.p.h.

So develop an economic style of driving and realize the benefits.

Not only will you stretch your gasoline, but you will find the relaxed and unhurried frame of mind most welcome.

It is safer and much more restful.

2. Proper maintenance

Another way to save on money for gasoline is to have a regular spring and autumn engine tune-up.

Proper timing of the spark is vital to good gas mileage.

One faulty spark plug in a six-cylinder engine can waste as much as 16 percent of your gasoline.

Accurate adjustment of the idle speed screw to give a correct gasoline-air mixture will also save fuel.

A dirty air filter can add 10 percent to your gasoline bill, and a slow acting or stuck choke even more.

A good mechanic will check these and other matters when he tunes up your engine.

A simple thing that you can do to improve gas mileage is to keep the air in your tires up to specifications or slightly higher.

Under inflated tires are gas wasters.

3. Inexpensive gasoline

Finally, you may be able to shave more dollars off your annual gasoline bill by purchasing a less expensive type.

Gasoline prices depend primarily on octane number.

This number indicates a gasoline’s ability to burn properly in an engine without knocking, which is a series of sharp pings or clicks when you accelerate or climb a hill.

After comparing regular and premium gasoline the above-mentioned Science Digest concluded:

There is little significant difference between regular and premium except for octane rating.”

Therefore, if your car can burn the less expensive, lower octane gasoline without knocking, it is a waste of money to use more expensive fuels.

Since today’s regular gas has as high an octane rating as the premium gas of several years ago, most older cars can use regular satisfactorily.

Even many newer cars, particularly smaller ones, can run efficiently on gasoline's with lower-octane numbers.

It may pay for you to experiment with lower-octane gasoline.

However, it is poor economy to use a gasoline that causes engine knock.

So there are several ways to stretch your gasoline.

It is conceivable that with a little care and thought your family may be able to save on gasoline each year.