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Top 4 Myths About Saving Gas

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Real Estate Agent

You hear a lot of people say this saves gas. Others say it doesn't. Here it is:

 

1. Low air pressure uses more gas?

False. It is not safe to drive with low air pressure in your tires, but it does not use more gas.

2.  Driving fast gets you where you are going quicker and it saves you gas.

False. driving slower saves fuel. bottom line.

3. When waiting park your cark instead of turning it off.

False. According to Mercedes Benz if you are waiting for more than 1 minute it is better to turn your car off. Just the same as turning off a light saves energy.

4.The infamous AC cost more in gas.

False. If you have your windows down air goes inside of them and creates drag. The drag will force your car to be less fuel effecient. Everything you have saved in gas by  not turning on your AC will have been lost.

Steve Snyder
Secured Financial Realty Group - San Diego, CA

Thanks.  That should help

Jun 17, 2008 09:29 AM
Tony Tony
Potomac, MD

My pleasure. That is what we are all here to do.

Jun 17, 2008 09:34 AM
Richard Ives
Chicago, IL

Anthony great information.  Have a great day!

Jun 17, 2008 04:22 PM
Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate

Anthony, thanks for the info.  I've been saving gas by not driving as much - I'm pretty sure that's not a myth.  I must admit I was not informed about the A/C usage - but I still don't like to use it much - I'm a sun-roof junkie.

Jun 17, 2008 05:21 PM
Tony Tony
Potomac, MD

Same here. But do you know that the sun-roof and convertible top-down is one of the worst gas consumptions?

Jun 17, 2008 05:25 PM
Patrick Johnson
Windermere - Bellingham, WA

Great tips Anthony,

Don't forget that if you have a truck, some type of bed cover helps reduce the air friction. Not sure how much it will help but it will make some differance.

Jun 18, 2008 05:47 AM
Jeremy Caldwell
Executive Broker, Jim White Realty, Inc - Alma, AR

With those trucks (like my Dodge) always leave the tail gate up, putting it down actually causes more drag and hurts fuel mileage (according to the show Myth Busters).

Jun 18, 2008 05:56 AM
Tony Tony
Potomac, MD

Thanks for the input. It is amzing how a little can actually go a long way.

Jun 18, 2008 06:06 AM
James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

Great Post,

I would like to see the review on point one. A car works harder to turn the wheels with underinflated tires.

Jun 18, 2008 04:17 PM
Tony Tony
Potomac, MD

I guess that could be, however it would be so dismal I don't think you can really count it. By the way, this way according to The Mercedes Benz Corporation. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Jun 18, 2008 04:25 PM