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How To Save At The Gas Pump

May 13, 2008
Gas prices are higher than ever, so you're likely to see more advertising for "gas-saving" products on the market. Yes, we all want to improve on fuel efficiency and increase our gas mileage, but do these products really help? Or are they just taking an extra bite out of our already shrinking car budget?

The truth is, you should be suspicious of any gas-saving claims for certain devices or oil and gas additives. Even for the few gas-saving products that have been found to work, the savings have been miniscule.

You'll see all sorts of claims and testimonies. "This gas-saving product improves fuel economy by 20 percent." Yeah, yeah. Actually, the EPA has tested over 100 of these supposed gas saving doo-hickies, and none of them were found to do the job well.

Some products can even damage your car. So much for cost savings! Please be skeptical of advertising claims for gas saving devices.

Here's another quote you might read. "This gas-saving device is approved by the Federal government." Actually, no government agency endorses gas-saving products for cars. If the seller claims the EPA has evaluated its product, ask for a copy of the report, or check www.epa.gov for information. Ah, I love the power of the internet.

If you want to save money at the pump, try these tips. They'll serve you much better than some snake oil product.

Buy only the octane level of gas recommended by your owner's manual.

The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. It's a fact. So, slow down.

Use overdrive gears during highway driving. This also saves wear on your engine.

Use cruise control on highway trips.

Avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. That means no tailgating! This tip alone can improve your fuel economy by 5 to 10 percent. Sudden starts and sudden stops are wasteful and can use a lot of gas.

Avoid long periods of idling.

Avoid carrying excess weight in your trunk.

Keep your engine tuned. Engine troubles can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 to 20 percent.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated and aligned. Check them once a month. Under-inflated tires increases fuel consumption by six percent.

Change your oil at recommended intervals.

Check and replace air filters regularly. Clogged filters can cause up to a 10 percent increase in fuel consumption.

Buy your gas in the early morning when the temperature is cooler. You will actually receive more gas for your money.

Pump your gas slowly. This equates to more liquid and less air bubbles and fumes in your tank.

There's no need to buy products that cost you more money than they save. These little fuel saving tips can add up to an extra hundred bucks or so in your pocket each year!
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