30 Ways to Save Gas! Please read and comment!

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Mortgage and Lending with Value Shield Financial Services

The pain at the pump is hurting our bottomline.  As real estate professionals we are always on the road showing a new home or taking a loan application.  Here are some great tips I found on www.howtoadvice.com

The surest way you can improve your fuel cost problem is to change your motoring habits. Listed below under four categories are 30 effective methods of doing so... no need to buy expensive add-on equipment.

ENGINE WARM-UP

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

2. Be sure the automatic choke is disengaged after engine warm up... chokes often get stuck, resulting in bad gas/air mixture.

3. Don't start and stop engine needlessly. Idling your engine for one minute consumes the gas amount equivalent to when you start the engine.

4. Avoid "revving" the engine, especially just before you switch the engine off; this wastes fuel needlessly and washes oil down from the inside cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.

5. Eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop. Don't push pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel. This allows carburetor to function at peak efficiency.

HOW TO BUY GASOLINE

6. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day - early morning or late evening is best. During these times 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".

7. Choose type and brand of gasoline carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater economy because of better quality. Use the brands which "seem" most beneficial.

8. Avoid filling gas tank to top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill gas tank past the first "click" of fuel nozzle, if nozzle is automatic.

HOW TO DRIVE ECONOMICALLY

9. Exceeding 40 mph forces your auto to overcome tremendous wind resistance.

10. Never exceed legal speed limit. Primarily they are set for your traveling safety, however better gas efficiency also occurs. Traveling at 55 mph give you up to 21% better mileage when compared to former legal speed limits of 65 mph and 70 mph.

 

11. Traveling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45% more fuel than is needed.

12. Manual shift driven cars allow you to change to highest gear as soon as possible, thereby letting you save gas if you "nurse it along". However, if you cause the engine to "bog down", premature wearing of engine parts occurs.

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

14. Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Also avoid tailgating - the driver in front of you is unpredictable. Not only is it unsafe, but if affects your economy, if he slows down unexpectedly.

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

GENERAL ADVICE

16. 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 usage.

17. Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel rob you of up to 30% of your gas mileage.

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

19. 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.

20. 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 transmission to cool.

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

22. 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.

23. Inspect suspension and chassis parts for occasional misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, bad shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and are unsafe at high traveling speeds.

24. Remove snow tires during good weather seasons; traveling on deep tire tread really robs fuel!

25. Inflate all tires to maximum limit. Each tire should be periodically spun, balanced and checked for out-of-round. When shopping for new tires, get large diameter tires for rear wheels.  Radial designs are the recognized fuel-savers; check manufacturer's specifications for maximum tire pressures.

26. Remove vinyl tops - they cause air drag. Rough surfaces disturb otherwise smooth air flow around a car's body. Bear in mind when buying new cars that a fancy sun roof helps disturb smooth air flow (and mileage).

27. Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10% to 20%. Heater fan, power windows and seats increase engine load; the more load on your engine, the less miles per gallon.

28. Remove excess weight from trunk or inside of car - extra tires, back seats, unnecessary heavy parts. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially when driving up inclines.

29. Car pools reduce travel monotony and gas expense - all riders chip in to help you buy. Conversation helps to keep the driver alert. Pooling also reduces traffic congestion, gives the driver easier maneuverability and greater "steady speed" economy. For best results, distribute passenger weight evenly throughout car.

30. During cold weather watch for icicles frozen to car frame. Up to 100 lbs. can be quickly accumulated! Unremoved snow and ice cause tremendous wind resistance. Warm water thrown on (or hosed on) will eliminate it fast.

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Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Chad.. another way to save gas for realtors, is to work out of your house; once a week, a few times a month.... all of this would help instead of heading to the office if you don't have to.

May 27, 2008 08:40 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I have trouble with number 10.  Thesea are all good advice.  I do need to make some adjustments.

May 27, 2008 08:40 AM #2
Rainer
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Chad Wille
Value Shield Financial Services - Windermere, FL

Thanks Valerie for commenting.  I have already started only going to my office when I absolutely have to.  Great tip. 

May 27, 2008 08:41 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Marc Baysek
Iron Horse Properties, LLC - Rockingham, NC
Iron Horse Properties

Very informative,,,Thanks...have any advice on how to drive less??  HaHa

May 27, 2008 08:41 AM #4
Rainer
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Chad Wille
Value Shield Financial Services - Windermere, FL

Marc... actually Valerie has that in her comment above.  Work from home more if that is possible.  Haha.  Whats the price of gas in NC?

 

May 27, 2008 08:42 AM #5
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Dennis Beckner
Beckner Mobile Notary - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Great tips. I drive a Toyota 4Runner that guzzles the gas. Anything I can do to increase the gas mileage is welcomed. I did change my spark plugs a couple of weeks ago and have noticed between 30 and 50 miles more per tank.

May 27, 2008 08:42 AM #6
Rainer
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Chad Wille
Value Shield Financial Services - Windermere, FL

Chuck... I do too.  Too funny.  I didnt really like that one either.  I am trying to have less of a lead foot when the light turns green though.  Have a great day!

 

May 27, 2008 08:43 AM #7
Rainer
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Chad Wille
Value Shield Financial Services - Windermere, FL

Great advice Dennis.  I drive a Cadillac Escalade... so naturally I went looking for some ideas today and decided it would be a good post.

May 27, 2008 08:44 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Paul Francis
Francis Group Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes

Hire starving REALTORS to push the car around town :)...

May 27, 2008 08:46 AM #9
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Richard Ives
Chicago, IL

Chad great post.  Welcome to the group. 

May 27, 2008 09:09 AM #10
Rainer
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Chad Wille
Value Shield Financial Services - Windermere, FL

Paul.... how much are you paying those Realtors to push the car?  You may have a few takers!  LOL

May 27, 2008 10:04 AM #11
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Chad Wille
Value Shield Financial Services - Windermere, FL

Thanks Richard.  I look forward to the group.  Thanks for the invite.

May 27, 2008 10:04 AM #12
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Richard Ives
Chicago, IL

Chad you are most welcome.  Have a great week!

May 27, 2008 11:12 AM #13
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