Fast Ways to Save Big at the Fuel Pumps

By: Aaron M Phillips

With Gas Prices in the USA going out of sight, here are 7 tips that can have you saving money on gas fast. If you practice them all, you may even double the mileage you get on a gallon of gas! That may seem a bit far fetched but it really is possible with some vehicles. So, in reverse order (the best is last) here are 7 tips to help you conquer high Gas Prices - USA:

High Gas Prices USA - Tip #7 - Use Overdrive Gears
When you use overdrive gears, your car's engine speed is reduced. The slower engine speed saves fuel and lowers engine wear.

High Gas Prices USA - Tip #6 - Use Your Cruise Control
Using your cars cruise control on the highway helps you sustain a constant speed and, in the majority of cases, will help you save gas. Note that you should not use your cruise control around town or in heavy traffic.

High Gas Prices USA - Tip #5 - Avoid Excessive Idling
While idling your car is getting 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.

High Gas Prices USA - Tip #4 - Eliminate Surplus Weight
Stop keeping needless items in your car, particularly heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could shrink your mileage by up to 2%. The reduction is based on the percentage of excess weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
?Fuel Economy Benefit:?1-2%/100 lbs
?Equivalent Gasoline Savings:?$0.04-$0.08/gallon

High Gas Prices USA - Tip #3 - Observe the Speed Limit
While each automobile attains it's best possible fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds over 60 mph. You can estimate that for every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an extra $0.30 per gallon for fuel. Observing the speed limit is also safer.
?Fuel Economy Benefit:?7-23%
?Equivalent Gasoline Savings:?$0.29-$0.94/gallon

High Gas Prices USA - Tip #2 - Drive Sensibly
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
?Fuel Economy Benefit:?5-33%
?Equivalent Gasoline Savings:?$0.20-$1.35/gallon

High Gas Prices USA - Tip #1 - BEST TIP: Convert your car to a Hydrogen Hybrid
When you do it yourself (you don't need to be a mechanic), you can convert your car to a Hydrogen Hybrid for less than $200 total and no modifications to the engine are required. Your car will run smoother, have less harmful emissions, and you can easily have 20% to 50% better fuel economy. Although one 1990 Jeep I know of went from 17 MPG to 35 MPG with this conversion, that is a bit unusual. The average is a 20-50% increase in mileage. Additional cars can be converted for about $70-$80 per car because the total above includes buying the 'how to' instructions.
?Fuel Economy Benefit:?20-50% (or more)
?Equivalent Gasoline Savings:?$0.68-$1.89/gallon
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This collection of tips is just tips unless you use them. Using them will undoubtedly reduce the amount you spend at the pump regardless of what Gas Prices are in the USA.

Note: Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $4.08/gallon.

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