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Tips to Improve Gas Mileage

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Home Builder with 24/7 Cleaning Of South Florida

By: Jean Hanson

 

That old saying, "What goes up, must come down" is not true about everything, especially when it comes to gas prices. Most gas stations charge about the same for gas, so comparison shopping for the "best deal" is not necessarily a good option. However, there are some practical tips you can use to get better gas mileage for your company's vehicles.

1. Keep your car tuned up, tires properly inflated and the wheels aligned. You can save at least one mile per gallon by keeping your car in top shape.

2. According to studies done by U.S. Department of Energy, nearly four million gallons of gasoline could be saved nationwide each day for every one pound per square inch (psi) of tire under-inflation, compared to the mileage if ALL vehicle tires were kept inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.

3. Remove Excess weight. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon (MPG) by up to 2%. Make sure you remove any unnecessary items and store them at your office.

4. Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates approximately four million gallons of gasoline are wasting each day by the 145 million passenger vehicles that are sitting there idling five minutes. Even in cold weather, modern engines do not need excessive warm-up times. Save gas by avoiding excessive warm-up time.

5. Drive sensibly. This means slowing down and avoiding quick speed ups and slow downs. Driving 55 mph as opposed to driving 65 to 70 mph can get you up to 20% better gas mileage. A general rule of thumb to remember is that for every mph you drive over 60 mph you are paying an 20 to 25 cents per gallon for gas.

6. Plan trips wisely. If you have several buildings to clean make sure that your route does not include backtracking. If you are doing several errands, picking up supplies or meeting potential clients, make plans so you can combine all of your driving into one outing.

7. When driving on the highway keep your windows closed. This elimates air drag. You can reduce your mileage by up to 10% if your windows are open when driving at high speeds on the highway.

8. Air conditioning is a big fuel consumer. It can reduce your fuel efficiency by 10 to 20%! Think twice before turning on your vehicle's air conditioner.

9. If it all possible, avoid driving during rush hours. The added starts and stops of rush hour traffic will cut into your gas mileage.

10. Anticipate merging traffic and stoplights and decelerate and accelerate smoothly and slowly. Also, when approaching hills, start accelerating before you get to the hill rather than waiting until you are actually driving on the hill.

11. Turn off your engine without revving it. There is no added benefit and it revving your engine wastes gas.

There is little you can do about the rising price of gasoline. But you can help your company cut its mileage expenses by following the above tips. Don't throw your profits into your gas tank!

Comments (10)

Kimberly Luna
Panama City Beach, FL

Speaking of gas prices..here in North Georgia where there IS NO GAS...back when prices were soaring towards $5 per gallon, they told us that it was partly because of the EPA ratings here and we had to pay more for "clean" gas. The Governor lifted the EPA because of the shortage in metro-Atlanta, and we are now getting "dirty" gas. (well, whenever we do get some anyway). Funny how the prices REMAIN the same! We're paying clean gas prices for dirty gas. What gives?

 

Sep 30, 2008 11:19 PM
Anonymous
Mitch Feingold

Hi Kim,

 To be safe I would only buy texaco or chevron, price might be a little more but you will get better gas milage it is better quality gas and in the long run if you do the math the cheaper gas you get less milage which ends up beinging more money in the long run cheaper gas less octane less milage

 

Mitch 

Sep 30, 2008 11:26 PM
#2
Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL

Great points.  As Realtors we drive a lot.  Every little bit helps.

Sep 30, 2008 11:33 PM
Kimberly Luna
Panama City Beach, FL

lolol...thanks Mitch! I am laughing because there isn't a Texaco probably within 30 miles of here. There is a Chevron, and they haven't had gas in 2 weeks. There really isn't a choice. Only one station at a time gets gas, it lasts a few hours and the wait time to pump is up to 2 hours. You might wait 2 hours and the pump stops when you are next in line! Yes..." and fun was had by all!"

 

Sep 30, 2008 11:44 PM
Rick Riddell, Manager, REW™
Weichert, Realtors - Watson & Associates - Coppell, TX

Very good information.  The only one that I have a problem with, is the not using the air conditioner especially when we have triple digit temperatures here in Texas.  But that should be behind us for awhile ... thank goodness!

Sep 30, 2008 11:48 PM
Lorinda Ward
Keffer Realty - Norfolk, VA
Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach

I am also here in Georgia and this gas madness is driving me crazy!  So we appreciate your list, I have never heard of #7 and number #8 I was told was a myth.  I am terrible about #4 and I know I need to stop doing that.

Thank  you again for your list!

Sep 30, 2008 11:54 PM
Carol Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate - Langhorne, PA
Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa

Great Tips.  I need to save gas.  I have really changed my driving habits in the last few months.  Every stop needs to be on the way.

Oct 01, 2008 12:14 AM
Anonymous
mitch

hi Carol,

Small world I use to live in furlong I went to Del Val early 90 my uncle joe owned the coner cafe in doylestown

Oct 01, 2008 12:41 AM
#8
Anonymous
mitch

Corner Cafe  lol

Oct 01, 2008 12:42 AM
#9
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

While sending my daughter to school, I notice HESS reduced its price to 3.37.  Pretty happy now. With all your tips, I think I can reduce my gas bill about 20%.

Oct 01, 2008 12:47 AM