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How to Save Gasoline

It is not easy to break bad habits car, but if you do not, you waste your money. With the controversy over fuel prices, we would think that drivers do their best fuel economy. But look around and notice that many managed as if they owned an oil field. Are you one of them? Well here are a few steps to help you save fuel.

When the light turns green, do not take off like an airplane . Accelerator is common to refer to as the “gas pedal” and for good reason, because the more I pressed, more fuel entering the engine. Press the accelerator slightly and gradually accelerate. No doubt where you get to a few seconds later, but it came. You’d be surprised how little pressure is needed for speed in reasonable time.

When later you see a red traffic light or red octagon sign (PARE), better sooner than later, your foot off the accelerator . It is useless to keep accelerating until shortly before reaching the intersection, unless you do not try to go through red lights and ignore the signs. Remove your foot from the pedal, giving rest to the engine while the car is in neutral as you brake gradually. In addition to the benefit of conserving fuel, brake pads and brake discs will last longer too.

Control your speed . Although it is not because of strong acceleration, excessive speed wastes fuel. The faster you move your car, the more air it has to push out of the way. This is comparable to moving your hand in the water. The faster you move your hand, push harder water. In a test conducted in the United States Consumer Reports, driving at 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour instead of 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour reduced fuel economy by between 3 and 5 miles (5 and 8 km) per gallon (3.8 liters), depending on the vehicle.

Keep a reasonable distance between your car and the front . Follow another vehicle at close range is dangerous because it reduces your ability to react when the going in front slows or stops abruptly. If necessary, you must pay close attention to such vehicle, which reduces your ability to see other dangers ahead and sideways. Very short distance between your vehicle and the front will cause a great waste of fuel. Every time the driver touches the brake you follow, you have to slow even more than him or her. This is because you can not react instantly and you have to reduce further to compensate for the delay in your reaction. If you are reckless, re-accelerate to regain speed and resume your routine to bumper bumpers and wasting fuel cycle is repeated.

Retire in front of the vehicle easier to handle at a constant speed will use less fuel . A good rule is to keep a minimum of two seconds between your vehicle and you follow. This distance can be measured by counting two seconds after the vehicle in front passes an obvious reference point,like a sign on the road or bridge.

Do not drive steady . Perhaps you’ve heard it takes more fuel to restart the car to let it run. Maybe that was true in the past but not anymore. Then they’re hot, new engines with fuel injectors, require very little extra fuel to restart.

According to the California Energy Commission, for every minute a vehicle is stationary with the engine running, you burn about the same amount of fuel it would take a trip half mile (1 kilometer).

This is why hybrid cars shut down its gasoline engine whenever they stop, even for a moment.
If your car is not hybrid, surely not going to stop the engine on every little stop you, because the engine is not designed for that. Instead, turn off the engine if you expect the person who went to buy a soda and he promised to return soon.

Do not use the convenient stop for motorists service offered by some fast food restaurants. You are paying enough for the oil in those chicken nuggets.

Do not wait for warm up the engine before leaving, as it has no benefit and only serves to waste fuel. Start right away, but do it gently wise until the engine warms up.

For those trips rather short :

Take the opportunity and benefit with a little exercise. Walk to the store and instead of spending it save fuel while burning calories.

If you can not do your errands on foot, then do it all in one trip. According to the Department of Energy United States, many short transfers, which let the engine cool between each other, can use twice as much fuel. It is advisable to accumulate to make a single trip travel and visit all the points. First go to the most distant and so the engine will reach its optimum operating temperature. Then do your other errands during your return trip. With the engine warmed up, its on work will be easier and more efficient way to your home.

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