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Tips for Less Pain at the Pump

Tips for Less Pain at the Pump

Ever feel like you are riding on a yoyo? Gas prices dropped in early January, only to spike up $.43 (national average) in the past four weeks. In Los Angeles the increase was $.50 a gallon, with as much as a $.70 jump in other places.

Why? The reasons are complex, but part of the cause is the fact that refineries are switching over to summer gasoline blends — an abruption in production.

Over the years, we have shared many ways to maximize your gas mileage. If you have a truck or SUV, you are not going to get much more than what is on the sticker, but four quick ways to save include:

- No Idlers – When you are at a store or a drive up window and the car is going to idle for more than a minute, stop and restart — unnecessary idling is a huge gas drain — 19%.

- Go the Limit — If you have cruise control, set it at 55 or 65 and take your foot off the pedal. The constant acceleration this offers the biggest bang for your buck. If you don’t have cruise control, keep your eye on your speed.

- Drop a Few Pounds — (In your vehicle). Get rid of any unnecessary cargo. Every 100 pounds reduces efficiency by mile 1 mile per gallon.

- Check Your Tires — This not new, but check the pressure in your tires. When low, it can reduce gas consumption by 3%.

We have a number of articles on our website that deal with getting more gas for your dollar. The spike in the last 30 days is a wake-up call to consume less fuel so there is more to go around. Do you have any special tricks to conserve fuel, if so please share.

5 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 03.18.13 at 11:28 am }

Sheila, you didn’t give a location, and we won’t be revealing the weather for 2014 until August. Best.

2 Sheila { 03.16.13 at 1:21 pm }

WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WEATHER FOR MAY 4, 2014

3 Bryan { 02.21.13 at 11:57 am }

Fill up your tank in the morning, the earlier the better. This way you get fuel a little more condenced, (more fuel molecules per volume). And acccelerate with ease!

4 Diana { 02.20.13 at 4:40 pm }

Best way to save gas too is cleaning the engine and fuel lines that clean out that gunk. Gunk makes your engine work harder more gas pushing and pushing through the gears. Every 3,000 miles rotate and inflate tires. Change the oil and follow your cars maintenance log.

5 Connie Reed { 02.20.13 at 3:49 pm }

Plan & run your errands on your way home from work – starting with your longest distance, and working your way home. That way you don’t have to go out after you get home in the evening, and it saves you the gas in having to go out again.

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