My Mileage is Rotten, Got Any Suggestions, I'll Go Broke at $5.00 a Gallon!

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Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

Big Block Chevy Blown MotorUnder full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons of nitro per second, that's the same rate of fuel consumption as a fully loaded 747 but with 4 times the energy volume.  Let's say you make one run, from start-up to shut down.  How much fuel do you think you'll burn?  It can be as much as 22 gallons.  Not good efficiency when you consider that the distance traveled could be under one mile. Although we need an automobile to conduct our business how many of you are taking a conscious look at the MPG your top choice gets.  In light of recent crude increases this should be your #1 priority.  Even if you are not looking for a new car a few of the following suggestions warrant your attention. 

5 - Don't Drive, if you can avoid driving, you'll save gas.  Consolidate your trips.  Walking or biking is good for you, your wallet and your health.  Always ask yourself "Is this trip really necessary?"

4 - Clean the Car Out, check and see what can be brought inside the house.  It's easy to acquire extra stuff then forget it's there.  File boxes, golf clubs and bowling balls etc. and do you really need two spare tires?

3 Hang with the Big Boys, in traffic cars seem to constantly speed up and slow down, while trucks tend to roll along at the same leisurely pace?  A constant speed aids fuel economy.  It takes much more fuel to get a vehicle moving than it does to keep it moving.  Roll with the big rigs and save some aggravation too.

2 - Check Your Air Filter,  your car has to breath too.  If it can't that's a problem.  Restricted flow of air into your engine harms performance and economy.  An easy check is to remove the filter and hold it up to the sun, if you can't see the light passing through you need a new one.  Less restrictive is better but an investment in a high flow performance filter isn't necessary unlees you run over 100mph a lot.

1 - Slow Down, this is one of the easiest ways to save gas.  When speeds increase, fuel economy decreases exponentially.  If you're normally 10 over the limit on the highway, try driving the speed limit for a few days.  It's a novel idea, you'll save a lot of fuel and your journey won't take that much longer.

 

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Rainer
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How about: horse, pack mule, unicycle, rickshaw, roller skates . . . ;-)
Jan 27, 2011 07:55 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Joshua Zargari
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Get some friends to share the fun...They should pay for the right to have fun...

Jan 27, 2011 08:04 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

John, those can be great fuel savers too individually or used together.  Unicycles are a bit tricky though!

Josh, actually I had a Top Fuel dragster and a lot of friends sharing the fun.  Paying, not so much! 

Jan 27, 2011 08:45 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Kevin, Great tips - and so important to save and cut costs wherever we can.  Working to get better fuel efficiency is essential today.  Also, important is to be sure tires are properly inflated.  Biking to the store, for your health, is a great option!  Love it!  Or we could get you one of these electric bikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, wait a minute, not sure that one is sporty enough. 

There we go...that's better... now that's you...

 

Jan 27, 2011 09:08 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kevin,

We do cruise control on long hauls.  One of our clients wanted us in Las Vegas, pronto, and flights were sold out, so we drove on cruise and averaged over 31 miles per gallon in our sedan.  It was great, and we do the roll also.  A

Jan 27, 2011 09:33 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Sandy, you might laugh but a buddy and I frequently get out on our Electro-bikes and create havoc in the town.  Hell's Angels we're not, but we do have fun!  Yeah, we wear leather & helmets.

single seat electric chopper bicycle

Jan 27, 2011 09:37 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Alexandra, 31mpg is impressive.  Not sure about cruise control in a mountain environment though.  When you do the "Roll" are your hands in the air?

Jan 27, 2011 09:42 AM #7
Rainmaker
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M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
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Kevin, I have to say that I have never seen one of those before. I bet you guys have lots of fun with them.

Jan 27, 2011 10:25 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Kevin,

The electro bike is pretty cool looking.

I need a back seat for my customer:)

Jan 27, 2011 11:10 AM #9
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Sandy, I could only wish our rides were this tight.  I would like the training wheels at times though.

Ray & Karen, I can visualize you guys over hill and dale on these.

Jan 27, 2011 01:13 PM #10
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