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Tips for Saving Some Cash at the Gas Pump

Nov 8, 2007
Gas prices are higher than ever, so you are likely to see more advertising for gas saving products. Yes, we want to improve on fuel efficiency, but are these products really helping? 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 will see all sorts of claims and testimonies. This gas saving product improves fuel economy by 20 percent. Yeah right. 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 of the products can even damage your car. So much for cost savings! Please be skeptical of advertising claims for gas saving devices.

Here is 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 EPA government website for information. Ah, I love the power of the internet.

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

Buy only the octane level gas you need. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. It is a fact. 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, not to mention the barf factor involved for those of us who get car sick.

Unnecessary idling wastes fuel. 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 when it is advised by the manufacturer. Check and replace air filters regularly. Clogged filters can cause up to a 10 percent increase in fuel consumption.

There is 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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