Whether people, other than my family, believe it or not; I went to Auto Shop classes in high school. My Dad was a mechanic, and I always loved tinkering on things. I would tear things apart and try to figure out how to fix them. I still do this, but now Matt is helping me move into electronics, I get such a natural high when I can actually figure it out. I have always really enjoyed cars, in fact I was once going to go into the military as a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic or an aircraft mechanic. I never ended up joining, but that is another story.
Because of my background and who I married, saving money on fuel has become a top priority for me and our budget. I have thought about all of the ways I learned about how to do this when I was in school. And here they are.
By the way, this is my favorite car and would by no means be fuel efficient. This is a 38 Ford Standard Sedan.
1-Change your spark plugs when they are supposed to be, usually every 75,000 to 100,000 miles. This isn't hard to do in fact you can probably find a tutorial on line for your specific car. When in doubt check with a professional.
2-Limit your driving where possible. Carpool, combine trips, or ride a bike instead.
3-Find good gas prices. Pay attention to the prices as you are driving or find a website that keeps track of the prices for you.
4-Take care of your car. A well maintained car saves you on fuel. Change you oil when it is supposed to be. The normal recommendation is every 3,000. A lot of vehicles these days can go up to 5,000 miles.
5-Fuel Efficiently. Wait until you are at 1/4 of a tank. Letting it go less than that can wear out components quicker.
6-Drive Smart. Avoid idling, plan your trips out in advance, drive at a constant speed, slow down, take off slowly and speed up slowly, park in the shade, and use A/C only on the highway.