To Save Money On Gas, Do Your Research
There’s a lot of auto advice in Nevada right now on how to save on gas. Some of it is good advice and some aren’t. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?”; if the answer is yes, do more research.
The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone’s claims about gas savings. Reno drivers can usually find out in only minutes whether that claim is questionable or not.
Chances are other Reno drivers have already tried what you’re considering. If you find evidence that others report a scam, you should be wary of becoming the next victim. There aren’t any pills, magic or otherwise that you can drop into your gas tank to improve your gas mileage. Drop in enough of those pills, and you can harm your vehicle. The last thing you need is a bunch more sediment or unknown, dissolved additives in your fuel.
Practical Auto Care Tips To Save Gas
There are proven, sensible ways that you can maintain good gas mileage, however. Proper car care and consistent preventive maintenance are the keys to save money on gas. An oil change at Wayne’s Automotive Center in Sparks and a new fuel filter, when needed, will keep your engine running efficiently, which will translate to good fuel economy. It may be mundane, but it’s proven advice.
Do you know how you can drastically increase your gas mileage on your vehicle? Here are some real auto maintenance tips that will improve your cars gas mileage.
According to an article at carmax.com, “Auto Maintenance Does Pay Off at the Gas Pump.”
Maintain your engine
You know that you feel better and have more energy when you’re in shape. Did you know the same principles apply to car engines? Get noticeably better gas mileage just by keeping your engine in top form. Make sure you fix any potential problems, like faulty oxygen sensors, and you could improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
Keep your car’s engine in the best shape possible by following the maintenance schedule in the vehicle’s handbook. Like regular checkups at the doctor or dentist, by taking your car in for routine maintenance, your service professional will be able to catch most potential engine problems before they happen, and you’ll spend less money and get better gas mileage.
Maintain air filters
Replacing dirty air filters in your vehicle is another way to get better gas mileage. If you have a fan in your home, you know how the blades can get clogged up with dust and dirt. Unless you clean the fan blades, that dust and dirt are continually getting blown back into your home.” To read the entire article click here.
Additional Gas Saving Tips
- Check Tire Pressure Monthly: A tire will typically lose 1 psi of pressure per month. Underinflated tires require more energy to turn thereby decreasing fuel mileage.
- Change Oil Regularly: A well-lubricated engine is essential for getting good gas mileage and will increase the life of the engine.
- Choose Top Tier Gasoline: Car manufacturers recommend top tier gasoline. Off brands typically have higher ethanol content that decreases mileage and may damage your fuel system.
- Drive Steadily: Accelerating quickly will use more fuel. Braking and accelerating frequently use more fuel and wears out your brakes more quickly. If you are approaching a light and you see it turning red, let your car coast instead of keeping your foot on the gas. This will reduce the amount of braking needed to stop the car and use less fuel.
- Keep Windows Closed at Highway Speeds: Open windows cause air drag that reduces your mileage.
- Clean Air Filter: Replace dirty air filters so the engine will run more efficiently. This is especially important for older vehicles.
- BG Fuel Saver: This product is used by the Nevada State Highway patrol and should increase gas mileage by approximately 2-3 mpg. There is a gas additive to clean the fuel system and an oil additive that minimizes friction losses in the engine.
- Don’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light: Hey, it’s not there to create ambiance; it’s a warning that something’s wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson’s fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Multiple conditions can trip the check engine light. Do not avoid this critical warning light as many of these conditions can ruin your gas mileage and engine to boot.
So be smart. Listen to advice from qualified Wayne’s Automotive Center professionals, and stay away from unverified “magic” and conspiracy theories. Your wallet—and your vehicle—will thank you in the end.