Smart Tips – How to Improve Fuel Consumption

As gas prices continue to increase, drivers are looking for new ideas on ways to cut down their fuel expenses while conserving as much gas as possible. All the while, new companies claiming to have “miracle” products, such as fuel and engine additives, are fooling the public into believing these merchandises actually work.

All this does is trick consumers into spending even more money on a product that has little or no effect toward fuel consumption and conservation. Continue reading to learn the truth behind improving fuel mileage and consumption for your car or truck.

Improving Gas Mileage on Your Own

There are several things a driver can do to increase the miles they get per gallon. Changing up driving habits is the first place to start. Using slower speeds on the interstate, avoiding full-throttle accelerations, using steady speeds, and more, are all effective methods to improving your gas mileage. The first place to start, as mentioned before, is to change your driving habits in general. This includes the following:

  • Use Slower Speeds
  • Empty the Trunk Space
  • Reduce Excess Weight Inside the Vehicle
  • Avoid Extended Idling
  • Combine Errands and Trips
  • Drive Smoothly
  • Avoid High-Cruising Speeds on the Interstate

Slowing down in general uses less fuel. If you exceed speed limits regularly, or accelerate quickly from a standstill, it will rapidly use up the fuel in a car or truck. This is the same for highway cruising speeds. It helps to slow down to the lawful speed limit on interstates for safety; but it can also minimize daily fuel consumption.Removing excess weight from the back seat and trunk can reduce the overall weight of a vehicle, which allows it to use less fuel to operate. Idling uses a great deal of gas as well.

Try to avoid situations that require a vehicle to run while not in drive mode. If stuck in traffic jams, turn the engine off to avoid overheating and massive fuel consumption. And last, syndicating errands and trips can reduce mileage in general, which in return, reduces the amount of fuel needed for each day.

Routine Vehicle Maintenance

On top of driving habits, careful vehicle maintenance is important to consider when it comes to saving fuel and improving gas mileage. For example, it is vital to use the proper engine oil for a vehicle. The degree of viscosity must be appropriate for the type of engine in a car. If a driver uses higher viscosity oil than required, it will create more drag on the internal engine components.

Some mechanics will recommend using more viscous oil as a vehicle ages, but this is false. It will cause the engine to work harder, especially in cold weather, and constantly reduces gas mileage with every drive. Other areas to improve or properly maintain include:

  • Tire Pressure
  • Spark Plugs
  • Fuel Grade
  • Air Filters
  • Check Engine Lights
  • Carbon Removal
  • Clean Air Induction System

Do You Know This – Spin Around a Damaged Tire to Make It Useful

Various parts of a car are recycled by an auto dismantler. An auto dismantler sells the functional parts, restores those that can be repaired and sells them. There are some parts such as worn out tires which need to be carefully disposed of as they are voluminous. They are also constituted in such a manner that they are not bio-degradable.

Tires of a car are designed to be long-lasting. But when they reach the end of life i.e. when they are worn out or damaged they can be detrimental to the environment. Hence, their safe disposal is essential.

Let us see how discarded tires impact the environment:

• The number of tires discarded annually is quite large. And, each tire occupies a lot of space. If tires are abandoned they will occupy a lot of space.
• They damage landfill liners and promote the growth of rodents.
• They take about 50-60 years to decompose completely in a landfill.
• Landfill liners are damaged by tires and these contaminate soil and water.
• Discarded tires trap methane making it buoyant. It then bubbles to the surface adversely affecting landfill liners.

Some years back nothing could be done regarding the abandoned tires. But fortunately, now there are recycling methods available through which tires are converted into useful material for other applications.

Some of the recycling methods used are:

Ambient shredding

It entails shredding a tire into small pieces using a knife at room temperature.

Cryogenic grinding

In this case, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the tire at sub-zero temperature. This causes changes in the physical properties of the tire making it brittle. The tire is then placed in an enclosure and it is shredded using hammers.

Recycled tires find numerous applications:

1. Cement Manufacturing:

Old tires are extensively used as an alternative fuel in the manufacture of Portland cement.

2. Recycled rubber is used for manufacturing a number of products:

• Soil additives
• Synthetic Turf
• Stall Mats for horses
• Backdrops for shooting ranges
• Jogging tracks
• Floor mats for gyms
• Covers for playgrounds
• Rubberized asphalt
It is being used on a large-scale for constructing pavements, etc instead of traditional asphalt.

Hence, we see that modern technology has introduced methods such as recycling which benefit the environment. By recycling a tire we are not only protecting our environment but also creating various useful products in a cost-effective manner.