1.) Change Your Fuel Cap
– the seals on gas caps can go bad, meaning that gasoline is evaporating into the atmosphere.
2.) Remove Excess Weight From Your Car
– if you have unnecessary items (especially heavy ones) in your car, it will have to work harder to accelerate, and burns much more fuel.
3.) Lead Foot Larry (Speeding And Aggressive Driving)
– Most cars lose fuel efficiency over 90km/hr at a rate of about $0.07 per litre for every 10km/hr over. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can also reduce fuel economy by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets, not to mention premature wear on your brakes and rotors.
4.) Replace Dirty Spark Plugs
– a dirty spark plug doesn’t fire as well, resulting in wasted fuel that enters the environment.
5.) Replace Your Engine’s Air Filter
– a clogged air filter can also lower your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by up to 10%!
6.) Keep Your Car Tuned For Optimal Performance
– minor tuning can save you 10% in fuel while serious tuning repairs (like a faulty oxygen sensor) can save you up to 40%.
7.) Make Sure Your Tires Are Properly Inflated
– improperly inflated tires can increase your fuel consumption by up to 5%. Make sure to adhere to your tires recommended pressure specifications.
8.) Plan Your Route And Give Yourself Enough Time
– preplanning helps you avoid getting lost resulting in longer distances travelled. People also have a tendency to speed when they are behind schedule.
9.) Use Recycled “Green Oil” In Your Engine
– New high performance oils are on the market and are made from recycled oils.
10.) Use Your Air Conditioning Only When Needed
– Go one step farther and make sure to turn off your engine when idling for extended periods of time.
GAS PUMPING TIPS:
Fill Up Your Car During The Coolest Times Of The Day
– higher temperatures mean that the gasoline you’re pumping is evaporating faster than normal into the atmosphere. You also end up getting slightly less gasoline in your tank because just like any liquid, gas expands at higher temperatures.
Don’t Squeeze The Trigger To The Fastest Setting
– pumping at a higher velocity results in more of your gas becoming vapor, which the pump is designed to suck back into the underground tank. Pumping at a lower velocity means you’ll get more gas for your money and less fuel will escape into the air.
Fill Up When You’re Only At HALF
– as your gas tank drops below half-full, it becomes easier for the remaining gas to evaporate. Plus, with all of the impurities in gas these days, the lower your gas level, the better the chance that those impurities that have settled in your tank will stir up and get burned up with the fuel, meaning more pollutants in the atmosphere. Early fuel filter replacements may also be required.
Avoid Gas Stations Where The Gasoline Truck Is Pumping Into Storage
– like in the point above, the gas truck adding new fuel to the underground tanks is probably stirring up the impurities that had settled to the bottom. Adding those to your tank increases that chance that that dirt and grime will get burned and put into the air.