Friday, August 8, 2008

Saving Gas with your Sports Car

With the constant increase in gas prices, car owners are getting more concerned about how they can save gas and money while driving. Here are some more tips on how you can reduce your gas consumption and save money.

Always have your car tuned-up regularly. When your car's engine is in bad operating condition it will waste gas. Vehicle maintenance will help your car's engine run efficiently thus improving your expenditure of money. Clean or change dirty air filters to enhance your fuel mileage by as much as 10%.

  • Maintain a steady speed when driving you car. Frequent stops when driving add to your gas expenditure by as much as 30%. Imagine if you spend $4.00 per gallon, you lose $12.00 for every 10 gallons of gas that you consume. Avoid sudden stops and abrupt increases in speed. Make use of “cruise control” when you are driving on the highway. This will allow you to maintain a constant speed and avoid additional gas consumption.
  • Another way to keep a steady rate is by avoiding heavy traffic areas. Also avoid unnecessary use of the clutch.
  • Schedule buying your gas during the cool hours. It is ideal to purchase your fuel early in the morning or during the night. You will get extra gas for your money during these cooler hours.
  • Close you car windows when you are driving on the highway. When your windows are closed the aerodynamics are better and it lessens the drag on the vehicle. Gaping windows cause extra friction which will reduce your car's gas mileage.
  • Minimize the use of air conditioners when it is not necessary. Use your car's air vents if possible. If you really need to use your air conditioner, try to set it as low as possible. Do not operate your air conditioner with your car windows open – No Brainer!
  • Do not let your engine idle when not driving. Turn off your car's engine when you need to wait for a time longer than a minute. If your car is idle for more that one minute, it uses the same amount of gas that you would use when you are restarting the engine.
  • Lessen your car's load. The heavier the car, the more gas it will consume.
  • Check if tires inflated accordingly. Tires with appropriate pressure save gas better than when under-filled or over-filled with air.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Four ways to save gas money

Prices at the gas pump are hitting record highs nearly every day and are expected to top the $4 mark this summer. Here are four ways to keep more cash in your pocket and not the let $80 fill-ups pump the fun out of your warm, sunny days.
  1. Find the lowest gas prices. That may sound like a no-brainer, but do you know how to find the cheapest gas in your area? Two web sites to consider are and GasBuddy connects you with more than 179 local web sites, one for each U.S. state, metro area or city. Gas prices are updated constantly over 124 million. Similarly, also also data from about 162,000 volunteer low gas price spotters, but it primarily collects pricing info directly from fuel providers and gas-station companies. By Memorial Day weekend, the site plans to roll out a certified pricing program, which will guarantee you a specific price if you get to the pump within one hour of seeing it on the site. Also, it offers a tool that allows you to track gas prices at specific stations along your regular routes.
  2. Time your gas purchase. The best time of day to fill up your tank is before dawn or late at night. Stations will usually raise gas prices during the day, especially for rush hour. Also, thinking about refilling earlier, when the gauge indicates a quarter-full tank. This leaves you some time to shop around for the best gas price. Finally, check that the price on the pump matches what's on the sign.
  3. Keep your car in healthy shape. We have already covered this, but it’s worth repeating --proper maintenance of your car will save you tons of money in gas and repair costs. Proper tire pressure is very important for good fuel economy. Every pound-per-inch under the manufacturer's recommendation for your tires loses you one mile per gallon per fill-up. Also, trim the excess luggage from your car, large loads impact cars much like mules -- weighing the vehicle down and making it harder to speed up.
  4. Get a gas rewards card. Carrying the right credit card can earn you rebates on gas purchases. One of the most popular rewards cards is the Citi Dividend Platinum Select MasterCard. Using this card at your gas station earns you 5% cash back and 1% on all other purchases.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Gas savers - more tips on saving gas and money

This morning I saw a news story on Yahoo! about people having to choose between gas and food. The story contained a link to an extensive list of gas saving and money saving tips, so I figured I'd list them here for everyone. Some of the tips that were repeats of the previous gas saver tips I left out to avoid duplication. Here they are:

  1. Walk. Save gas, save money, and get some exercise. If you are just going to the corner store, go for a walk.

  2. Get a gas card. Some gas stations offer discounts. There are also some department and grocery stores that offer discounts at the pump when you use their store membership cards. This can save you up 5% on gas costs. Just make sure the price of the gas, with the discount, is not more than the local discount gas station.

  3. Check the web for gas price deals. Some web sites let you find the best deals on gas in your area.

  4. Consolidate your trips. If you can do several short trips in one longer trip, you will save gas and time. Create a to-do list of all errands for a given day and try to do them in a logical order. If you need to, map it out to avoid going back and forth.

  5. Don't fill up until the last quarter tank. If you do this, it will help stretch your gas money because you are hauling less weight as the tank nears empty. This also allows you to buy gas when and where gas prices are lowest.

  6. Park in the first spot you find. When you wander all over the parking lot looking for that perfect parking space, you waste gas. SEE TIP NUMBER 1.

  7. Stay away from store fronts. Even if there is a space open there, avoid it. You will save gas by avoiding being blocked in because of pedestrians and other vehicles.

  8. Park in the shade. Gasoline will actually evaporate from your tank, and it does so faster when you park directly in the sun - winter or summer.

More Gas Saver Tips

A few other tips were more "hypothetical" but seemed worthwhile gas saving ideas as well, so I have included them.

  • The cheapest gas prices are statistically found on Wednesdays. Try to fill-up then.

  • Avoid rush hour. If you can stagger your work schedule to avoid it, great! If not, try going in early, and find a place to hang-out after work to wait out the traffic.

  • Gas up about three to four days before any holidays. This will save you money by avoiding the gas price spike.

  • Use a fuel injector cleaner regularly. This will save gas by allowing your car to properly vaporize the fuel and allow you to get better gas mileage.

If you can think of any more gas saving tips, please feel free to post a comment and share them.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gas Price War/Revenge

Well, the price of gas just went up again. It's now $3.83/gal. over here in southern California.

Definitely time to take action!!!

What should, or can, we do you might ask yourself... I'm thinking of an underground revolution of sorts. Of coarse, not a violent uprising. Just a quiet collaboration of intelligent, but frustrated individuals.

Imagine if everyone in America decided to write the President and their state representatives to complain about gas prices and demand action. Now imagine if that happen every single week. I'm sure that after a few months of receiving millions of letters every week, they might decide to take some action.

How about this... Knowing that that the oil companies are making close to 1 billion dollars per day, what is the entire country decided to coordinate the days we fill up on gas. We could actually determine which days they make their money, and which days they do not. Now, I know the oil companies can make money in multiple ways. So it's not like we would put them out of business, but if the victims of this financial oppression would unite, we could reclaim some power from these corporate beasts and teach them a lesson or two.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tips to improve your Gas Mileage

We've all heard the basics of fuel economy, keep your car in shape, drive more efficiently (i.e. do the speed limit). Here are some of those tips:
  1. Don't drive aggressively. Rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas. By driving sensibly you can save 5-33% ($0.18 - $1.80/gal.)
  2. Observe the speed limit. For every 5 mph over 60, you're paying an extra $0.20/gal.
  3. Use cruise control and overdrive gears for highway mileage.
  4. Keep your engine properly tuned. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent. (up to $1.40/gal.)
  5. Check & replace air filters regularly. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. Your car's air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine.
  6. Keep your tires properly inflated. You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.
  7. Use the recommended grade oil for your car's engine. You can improve your gas mileage by 1-2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1-2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1-1.5 percent. Also, look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.
Finally, try to fill up at night or early in the morning. This way less gas escapes as vapor and you get more for your money.

Happy Saving!!!

Gas Savers Unite

Hello fellow gas savers,

Unless you live under a rock or something, you've notice the ever rising price we pay at the pumps.Depending on where you live, gas prices have reached as high as 4.09 a gallon. While oil companies are reporting all time record profits, the rest of us are stressing over how to afford the gas just getting to work for the week.


So my purpose for starting this blog is to create a place to openly discuss ways to reduce the amount of our money flowing into the already bloated oil industry.

Please feel free to post comments and suggestions about how to cut back on at the pump spending.