fuel saving tips

Fuel Saving Tips September 23, 2010
 

Please feel free to call or stop in, we can check your vehicle to be sure it is operating to manufactures spec's which will incerease fuel economy.  Triangle auto service, 4060 N. Elston, Chicago Il. 60618, 773-539-5858,  www.triangleradiator.com, www.triangleradiator.net, www.chicagobrakerepair.com .

1.  Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings - 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.

2.  Buy gasoline during the coolest time of the day - early morning or late evening is best.  During these times the gasoline is densest.  Keep in mind - gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration.  You are charged according to "volume of measurement".

3.  Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds.  Open windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10 percent.

4. Drive steadily.  Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel.  Aggressive driving wastes gas.  It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.

5.  Regular tune-ups ensure best economy: check owner's manual for recommended maintenance intervals.  Special attention should be given to maintaining clean air filters.  Diminished air flow increases gas waste.

6. Inspect suspension and chasis parts for occasional misalignment.  Bent wheels, axels, bad shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and are unsafe at high travelling speeds.

7.  Travelling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45 percent more fuel then is needed. 

8.  Think ahead when approaching hills.  If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you're on it.

9.  Do not rest left foot on floor board pedals while driving.  The slightest pressure puts "mechanical drag" on components, wearing them down prematurely.  This "dragging" also demands additional fuel useage.

10. Avoid rough roads whenever possible.  Dirt or gravel rob you up to 30 percent of your gas mileage. 

11. Use alternate roads that are safer, shorter, straighter.  Compare travelling distance differences - remember that corners, curves and lane jumping requires extra gas.  The shortest distance between two points is always straight.

12. Stoplights are usually timed for your motoring advantage.  By traveling steadily at the legal speed limit you boost your chances of having the "green light" all the way.

13. Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when your car is idling at a standstill, e.g. railroad crossings, long traffic lights,etc.  Place gear into neutral position.  This reduces transmission strain and allows the transmission to cool.

14. Park your car so that you can later begin to travel in forward gear; avoid reverse gear maneuvers to save gas.

15.  Inflate all tires to maximum limit.  Each tire should be periodically spun, balanced and checked for out-of-round.  Radial designs are the recognized fuel-savers; check manufacturer's specifications for maximum tire pressures.

16.  Remove excess weight from trunk or inside of car...extra tires, back seat, and any unnecessary heavy parts.  Extra weight reduces mileage, especially when driving up inclines.

Please feel free to call or stop in, we can check your vehicle to be sure it is operating to manufactures spec's which will incerease fuel economy.  Triangle auto service, 4060 N. Elston, Chicago Il. 60618, 773-539-5858,  www.triangleradiator.com, www.triangleradiator.net, www.chicagobrakerepair.com .

 



 

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