Under 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.