Desert Schools Offers 20 Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

by DS Bug on February 18, 2011


Gasoline is one of those necessary things that just about everyone uses on a daily basis. When prices at the pump go up, everyone feels the sting. Desert Schools is sharing 20 tips that you can use to help you save on gas and in turn save some money. If you have some other ways you save on gasoline, please let us know. Saving money is fun! 

  1. Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings – 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.
  2. Don’t start and stop engine needlessly. Idling your engine for one minute consumes the gas amount equivalent to when you start the engine.
  3. Avoid “revving” the engine.
  4. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day – early morning or late evening is best.
  5. Choose type and brand of gasoline carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater economy because of better quality.
  6. 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.
  7. Traveling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45% more fuel than is needed.
  8. Keep windows closed when traveling at fast speeds. Open windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10%.
  9. Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel.
  10. Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you’re on it.
  11. 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.
  12. Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel rob you of up to 30% of your gas mileage.
  13. Use alternate roads when safer, shorter, straighter.
  14. Park car so that you can later begin to travel in forward gear; avoid reverse gear maneuvers to save gas.
  15. Regular tune-ups ensure best economy.
  16. 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.
  17. Inflate all tires to maximum limit. Don’t forget to get your tires rotated as needed.
  18. Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10% to 20%.
  19. Remove excess weight from trunk or inside of car.
  20. Car pool as much as you can with friends and family.

And don’t forget to Skip the PIN & Win in February for your chance to win a $1,000 Gas Card from Desert Schools Federal Credit Union!

Also, don’t forget to check back on February 22 for the locations and times of the Great Gas Giveaway!

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