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Save Gas Everywhere | Ways To Save Our Natural Resources Without Much Compromise

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This blog is about an obvious conclusion to saving on gas for your everyday expenditures. The simple soultion to save the most on gas is to just not use it. Buy a bike and ride to where you need to. However, most of reading this posting are not going to just give up your vehicle nor are you going to just stop using gas. So, I have put together a few gas pinching tips that will save you thousands of dollars on hundreds of gallons of gas over your lifetime.

The government recently has been trying to jumpstart the economy. Obama has been issuing money left and right to people with no discrimination. He is trying to get mothers to go back to school, he issues a homebuyer loan that practically gives the receipient about 8,000 dollars, and he recently issued a huge sum to be paid for "clunkers". I know many people that have traded in their junker cars and got a brand new or like new car for a steal, financially speaking.

The reason why this may help a person to save money is because the cars are newer models. The car industry has taken a turn for the better. What I mean is that we will see cars getting higher Miles Per Gallon straight out of the factory. By trading in your junker and then getting into a newer car a person would be saving the environment and gaining about 10-20 additional miles per gallon. 

A very simple solution is to check your fluids and make sure that they are at the correct levels. Do not make your car have to strain or over work to get to your destination. There is no actual proof that if your car stresses that it uses more gas, but it is a logical assumption in my opinion.

Another super easy way to save on gas is to correct the tire pressure in your tires. Having the recommended pounds of pressure will help to improve your gas miles. Having too much and too little can prove to be devastating to your gas tank over the course of a year or two.

Also buy and use radial ply tires, they will last longer with the correct tire pressure. These particular tires will also alert the consumer when the tire needs to be replaced. There are obvious signs and signals that come from the tires just before they will blow out. There may be rough driving, a bulge in the tire to one side, or the entire car may feel like one tire is flat somewhere. These warning signals can be a great asset to know about when you are driving around town. Especially if your about to get on the interstate and your car starts shaking! 

Get a wheel alignment to better your gas miles. I am not quite sure how this one exactly plays into the savings, but I know that many local mechanics have recommended doing this procedure. I know that I did save maybe an extra mile or two per gallon. Which is not bad in the long run or when you are standing back looking at the bigger picture.

An Oxygen sensor that needs to be replaced in your vehicle will distort the MPG that you are used to getting. I was getting 14 MPG in my 1997 Ford Ranger. I replaced the oxygen sensor and then the miles per gallon shot up to over 20 in the city! On the highway I save even more gas miles.

When to use and when not to use the airconditioner a vital piece of knowledge to have. It is a logical rule of thumb that should be applied to all people. If your car is flying down the road at speeds of greater then 60 MPH then you should roll up the windows and crank on the airconditioner. The wind drag on the car with the windows at high speeds will outweigh running the A/C. However, if you are slowly driving or are driving within the city a person should roll down the windows. The airconditioner's pull from the gas is greater then the drag resistance on the car. 
You maybe thinking..."The wind will mess up my look/hair/outfit/ (Insert your excuse here) so I can not ride around town with the windows down."
Even if you can apply this trick only once a week you would still save on the cost of gas. Not only would we all be doing our part to save the environment, by cutting back on natural resource consumption, but we would be saving money in the process. If the population of America could apply this trick to their everyday driving for the course of a week America would save millions of dollars. Now lets say that it only saved you 2-3 miles per gallon that week total. 

Take the current population of America (304,059,724) and multiply that by 2-3 miles saved. On a minimum the United States would save 608,119,448 miles. 
On a maximum we would save 912,179,172 miles.
Now take those numbers and divide it by an average of 15 miles to the gallon. (Yeah, this is a low baller, but I am just trying to get a point across.) This part will tell you how many gallons of gas that the USA saved, which is 40,541,296.50 - 60,811,944.80
Ok, let us go one step further and figure out how much money that America just saved in that WEEK. Let us say that gas is roughly $2.00 a gallon, and we all know that is has not been two dollars forever. However, I am just getting my point accross so just bare with me and keep reading. Take your $2.00 per gallong and multiply that by your minimum and your maximum...
America saved roughly 81 - 121 million dollars that week. Oh my, that is a ton of money to be saving just by moving your car window up and down! Think about how much money we all would save in a year or over a decade...

If your car is sitting idle for longer then a minute then shut it off. If your car is on and sitting in park for longer then a minute then you are wasting gas. If you shut if off and turn it back on for the long waits then you will burn less gas. Be careful to not waste your battery listening to the radio, because I have done that.

Use cruise control when taking long trips. The more that you accelerate on the gas pedal the more gas you dump into the engine to make it go faster. This applies to city driving as well. I think we all know that guy that pretends that he is racing you at the red light. Once the stoplight turns green they peel out across the stop line on the street and proceed to drive as fast as Nascar drivers. Having a heavy lead foot will cause you to open up your throttle on your car and force feed it gas. Usually speeding or quick acceleration is not a good idea when a person is trying to save money on gas.

Using the breaks too much can be just as bad as a lead foot. Ridding your breaks not only will wear out your pads and disc's, but it will make your MPG worse. As with anything there is a happy medium that you will feel comfortable with. I personally try to never touch the breaks, but I use them when it is necessary. I mainly coast along at the speed limit and when people slow down I take my foot away from the gas pedal. A person could be surprised to find out how much this can save your wallet in the long haul.

Reduce your weight in the vehicle that you are using. If you use your truck for work purposes then it may be to your benefit to take the ladders off of your truck at night and leave them on the job site. Dragging around unnecessary weight will greatly reduce your MPG. Having a full trunk of junk in your car can help to reduce your miles. Take out the crap out of your trunk and use it when you need to. Do not use it as extra storage on a daily basis.

If you have a garage attached to your home then use it. Especially if you live anywhere North where it gets cold during the winter months. Generally when an engine is cold in the morning it will get terrible gas mileage. So by parking your car overnight in a garage you will defeat the cold start miles problem. Some of you guys have a remote starter on your car. Use it, and let your car run up for the first five to ten minutes before using it.

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