Summer is approaching and so are the vacation and road trip days.  Summertime is also the time when gas prices seem to creep up as demand increases for the many summer trips.  As we try to stretch our budgets to the maximum having to worry about increasing gas prices is not a great way to start the summer.  In this article I will like to share the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to cut fuel cost as well as other tips and possible myths about vehicle fuel consumption.

The easiest, cheapest and most effective way to cut fuel cost is to drive within the speed limits.  If you drive slower at a steady rate your vehicle will consume less fuel than if you drive fast and or with sporadic accelerations.  Every time that you accelerate you are requesting more fuel to be able to create the acceleration hence increasing your fuel consumption. 

The second inexpensive and most effective action that you can take to reduce fuel cost is to travel light.  The heavier the car load is the more fuel that it will take the vehicle to move it.  Keep in mind that if you have a midsize sedan and have a total of four adults (average weight 180 lbs per) you are already adding 720 lbs to the car’s weight.  On top of this add luggage, bags or equipment and you can increase the car’s drag factor immensely.  If you travel lighter or at least remove the unnecessary items that are on the car before making the long trip.  This should assist in keeping your fuel economy at optimal level.

Tips and possible myths about fuel consumption

  1. Does the Air Conditioner affect my consumption? The simple answer is yes.  If you are using you’re A/C in the middle of the summer you’re A/C will be running hard and will need more energy to run.  This energy will come in one way or another from your fuel.
  2. Can I buy a product to improve my fuel economy? (Such as fuel system cleaner)  A fuel system cleaner could help your fuel consumption if your fuel injectors and lines are clogged due to residue.  The removal of the clog or residue will increase fuel flow and it will have a positive effect on your fuel consumption.  On the other hand in order for the fuel system cleaner to work it would need to be used in conjunction with a clean fuel filter and other manufacturer’s recommended maintenance.  If you are expecting to use a fuel system cleaner once and that the system will be brought back to when you purchased it new, it just will not be the case.
  3. Will a clean air filter help my gas mileage? It will not hurt.  It is always a good idea to have clean air and fuel filters in your car to aid in air and fuel flow.  But changing the air filter alone is probably not going to produce better gas mileage.  If you have a dirty filter it will very likely reduce air flow and will likely reduce acceleration but it has not been proven to reduce gas mileage.  Most newer cars have a system that compensates for air flow with fuel the fuel/air ratio.

In conclusion the best way to reduce fuel consumption is to drive at a steady pace and usually around the speed limit.  This is also a great method because it is very inexpensive, you do not have to buy any gizmos or any products, you just need to moderate your driving.  Another great benefit is the fact that you will save money by not getting any speeding tickets.  Triple saver, save fuel, safe money from possible tickets and save money from low insurance rates by not getting any moving violations.