Here are some things to think about that can help to minimize your fuel bill. If planning a road trip this summer the first thing to think about is shedding any extra weight you may have including baggage, bike racks, or anything else that may weigh your car down that you don't necessarily need. Reduction of extra aerodynamic drag especially when driving at higher speeds can aid in the reduction of fuel use.
The type of oil you are using in your car can also make a difference. It is important to make sure you are using the right grade and viscosity ("the property of a fluid that resists the force tending to cause the fluid to flow" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/viscosity)) of oil and preferably oil that has been rated energy conserving.
It is also important to check your engine's performance if you think you should be getting better mileage. A scan tool will help you learn what your engine parameters and trouble codes mean. Something as small as putting in a new air filter can make a positive difference.
One last tip that I think many don't think about is that the way you drive can make a big difference in fuel saving. Being able to lift your foot off the gas instead of braking can make a difference in mileage so remember to drive with moderation and anticipate traffic patterns ahead of you.
From Gadget-Free Gas Saving Tips
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Posted by: Jamie Dickinson