Monday, July 9, 2012

Saving Money on Gas - for your car

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.

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