Fuel Saving Myths
The internet is a great place to find information but if you aren’t careful, you can get suckered into believing the untrue. With the rise of gas prices and the increase of travel in Spring, people are bound to start looking for every solution they can find to their fuel budget quandaries. While there are proven methods and means of increasing fuel efficiency and gas savings, rumors abound on the matter as well. Today, we’re diving into some of the biggest myths and legends we’ve heard of for saving money on fuel and increasing your overall fuel economy.
Gas saving products ~ Just like Jack wanted to believe in those magic beans, we desperately want to believe that additives we put inside our tank can prolong every tank of gas. But some things are in fact, too good to be true. The Federal Trade Commission suggests you proceed with caution when considering buying oil and gas additives based on gas-saving claims. Out of 100 alleged gas saving products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage. In fact, some may cause damage to a car’s engine or increase emissions. Word of advice… buyer beware.
Air conditioner versus open windows ~ This legend is as popular as Elvis sightings but does it carry with it the same validity? In a Consumers Report testing, results went both ways. In stop and go traffic, having your windows down instead of the ac would be beneficial. But in speeds of 45 mph or more, air drag becomes an issue and having your windows down will in fact drop your fuel efficiency up to 20%.
Fuel in the morning ~ It’s been said time and time again that to get more gas for your dollar, you should fuel when it’s coolest. It stands to reason that since gas is a liquid and measured in volume, it’s accuracy is affected by how much it expands (warmer weather) or contracts (cooler weather). Much debate has been had over this topic, including legislators! The finding? Gas stations typically store their fuel in underground tanks, where the temperature variation during the day is much less than in the air above. The result is that the temperature of the gasoline coming out of the fuel nozzle varies very little, if at all, during any 24-hour stretch at any particular station.
Only a small car can get good gas mileage ~ Is it really necessary to trade in your sedan for a subcompact in order to get great gas mileage? We’re happy to report that’s no longer true! With the advancement technologies such as hybrid engines and turbocharges, even larger vehicles get better gas mileage than much older smaller cars.
A dirty fuel filter will cost you more gas ~ There was a time that a dirty fuel filter did in fact affect your fuel efficiency by forcing the engine to suck harder to get the correct amount of fuel. Today’s fuel injected vehicles don’t have to worry about this problem anymore, utilizing sensors to send the optimum fuel to increase fuel efficiency. As for performance though? You’ll definitely want to change out that dingy fuel filter to prevent your vehicle from experiencing misfires, a decrease in power and acceleration, and even stalling.
A full tank is more fuel efficient ~ The idea behind this myth is that the fuller the tank, the less room the fuel has to evaporate inside of it. While cars in the past may have allowed for fuel to evaporate, modern day vehicles are designed with vapor recovery systems that make this a non issue. In fact, many vehicles with pressurized fuel systems even display a check engine light if the gas cap is loose, missing or not properly sealed
Manual transmission vehicles are more fuel efficient than automatic ~ There was a time and place where this wasn’t actually a myth. Often times, a driver with a little bit of know-how could achieve better gas mileage by controlling engine revs through efficient shifting. But today’s technology has once again made this unnecessary by achieving it automatically.
Gas mileage lessens as a vehicle ages ~ On a vehicle that is not properly maintained, it should only be expected that not only fuel efficiency but overall performance will drop as it ages. But the inverse is true as well… if you keep your vehicle properly maintained and see to any needed repairs, you shouldn’t see any noticeable decline in fuel economy. Maintenance items to address as regular maintenance include oil changes and replacing dirty fuel filters, defective oxygen sensors, worn spark plugs and plug wires, and a defective or leaky gas cap.
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