Oil prices continue to rise, and money is leaving our pockets at an ever-increasing rate. There are many ways to save money on gas and reduce your overall fuel consumption. However, you should think things over and start making new plans. One approach that has been around for a while, but has received a lot of attention lately, is to maximize fuel consumption. However, you will have to use your head because some ways to increase fuel consumption are illegal and very dangerous. Now it seems that there are only two ways to save on gas: first, buy another car with low fuel consumption, and second, smart driving. No more than these two methods! Today I will present you with a more practical plan.
1. Change spark plugs frequently. Platinum spark plugs are said to last 160,000 km, but have been known to fail after 120,000 km. Spark plugs are relatively cheap and easy to replace (depending on vehicle type). If you have poor hand and foot skills or are mechanically savvy, read more auto maintenance books and make friends with auto mechanics.
2. Limit number of times you drive. These include sharing a car with someone else, combining multiple rides into one, and parking at first spot you find, rather than keep driving around looking for best spot.
3. Buy fuel at best price. These include using low-octane gasoline (if your car is not picky about gas) and joining a loyalty program that usually gives you discounts and points for paying with a credit card.
4. Take care of your car. A well-maintained vehicle will run more efficiently, increasing mileage and saving money on fuel
5. Add oil efficiently. This step includes 3 main points:
Pour in oil. If you need to top up, fill tank. If you try to fill in more than ten yuan of gas today and then fill in another ten yuan tomorrow to save money on gas, it will only be a waste of effort because you will have to go to gas station every time to wait for gas station. . Conversely, a one-time top-up saves time and money.
Never add fuel to tank between fill-ups. This is a waste of money and bad for environment, as liquid fuel will be forced into emission control system by evaporation, overloading system, which would otherwise draw vapor into intake manifold for combustion only when engine is started.
Wait until tank is about a quarter full before filling it up, but don't let it get almost empty. This practice increases fuel consumption because you can drive with less fuel. Plus, it also allows you to buy more oil when you hit a discount. However, in cold climates there is a risk of condensation forming in fuel tank. If fuel tank is less than a quarter full while driving, life of electric fuel pump will be shortened and fuel pump will fail even when fuel tank is empty.
6. Inflate your tires every few weeks to manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. It is best to inflate tires when they are cold (no more than 1.6 km), because tire pressure is usually higher after a long ride. Try not to inflate tires when they are too hot, unless tire pressure is too low, you must inflate them immediately to avoid a breakdown. Excessive tire pressure will not make driving more efficient, but will cause poor vehicle handling and uneven tire wear. Gas pumps at gas stations are usually free (coins are required in some countries) and can automatically inflate tires to pump's preset pressure. These pumps are very handy (if automatic pump is getting too much air, you can double check it with a manual pressure gauge to avoid over-inflating).