The talk about fuel consumption and fuel efficiency has led to many deceitful claims that many believe factual. Worse, some don’t check the veracity of these assertions to their own detriment. However, to save on gas expenses, every car owner should realize that not everything they peruse online can actually contribute to proper fuel consumption.
Here are fuel consumption myths every car owner should know.
Premium gasoline is cleaner thus saves you on fuel expenses
This is a fallacious statement I’ve heard numerous of times. First, many think higher product cost equates to having better quality. Regrettably, you’ve probably fallen for the misleading marketing and publicity stints companies have. Second, premium gasoline is not cleaner than regular gasoline. The distinction is not how clean they are, but on the octane level they contain. Furthermore, premium fuel has higher octane level compared to regular gas.
Of course, cleaner fuel increases your cars performance. However, “clean” is not dependent on the gasoline’s octane level. Evidently, putting premium gas into your car does not make it more fuel efficient. In fact, octane content beyond the car’s rating is counterproductive and is not cost efficient.
Fuel Consumption Tips:
- Know what your car requires and put that particular type of gasoline
- Know the ideal octane content for your engine to avoid knocks and useless spending
- Choose reputable stations for your fuel
- Change fuel filter regularly
You can save more cash by using regular gas
Here’s another fuel consumption tip I often read online: to save on fuel cost, use regular gas. Lamentably, this is not the case. First, your fuel choice must adhere to the car’s requirement. Thus, open your car’s manual so you’ll get to know more. Moreover, differentiate between “recommended” and “require”; when you peruse through the manual. Furthermore, the term “recommend” denotes a suggestion from the manufacturer that you may opt to take. On the other hand, “require” means to comply whether you like it or else. Second, a number of drivers posit that higher octane provides higher power, although at higher cost. Unfortunately, this is another erroneous notion. Rather, higher octane content in the fuel provides less knock on your engine. However, using an octane rate that is more than what the engine requires will produce less power and thus cost you more.
Suffice to say, the type of fuel you put in is dependent mainly on your car’s engine. Generally, cars are designed to run efficiently on regular gas. But engines that have higher engine compression may require higher octane gasoline. As such, the rule here is to know what is required by your engine and use it.
Fuel Consumption Tips:
- Read the manual and follow it
- Ask the octane level of the gas you are using. Make sure it matches your car’s requirement.
- Know the octane content even if it’s just regular gas
The older your car gets, the less fuel efficient it becomes
This sounds true, but it’s inaccurate. In fact, old cars that are properly maintained can be as fuel efficient as the day they were bought. In addition, the key here is proper maintenance. As a car owner, you’re not aiming for just running condition. Rather, you are targeting a more practical and cost efficient level here. This means, keeping you’re your hoses, clog-free and clean. Also, if you still use a carburetor this means getting it regularly cleaned. Likewise, setting your carburetor to get the best fuel and air mix will make it more fuel efficient. Moreover, replace worn out parts immediately before the problem becomes bigger. I’ve seen cars bought in the mid-1990s that run exponentially better and have an astounding fuel economy than newer models due of proper car maintenance.
Fuel Consumption Tips:
- Have regular check ups
- Use parts that match your car
- Do not wait for a problem to get bigger before you address it.
- Choose a reputable mechanic that knows your car’s model well
Gas mileage additives will give you better mileage
Modern cars have fuel injectors and this improvement has made newer cars more fuel efficient. Now, if you think you can save more money by pouring in some magic potion into your gas tank, then you’re just burning your money. Chances are, the amount you saved in using the additive may not cover for the amount you paid for the bottle of these magic potions. Injection cleaners may alleviate fuel efficiency concerns if your system is clogged or dirty. Otherwise, these magic mixes will set you back more than it give you savings.
Fuel Consumption Tips
- Do not put anything into your car without asking an expert.
- Check the ingredients of anything you put in your car as it may damage it
- If you must insist on putting additives, makes sure you read the instructions properly and follow them to the letter.
Manual transmission is better than automatic transmission in fuel economy
I’m a gargantuan fan of manual transmission cars. Shifting up or down whenever I need gives me power and control. However, giving a driver without proper shifting skills may not be an excellent idea in terms of fuel efficiency. Likewise a heavy foot on the gas pedal will turn out to be a liability.
Today’s automatic transmission vehicles control gear shifting and revving with great ease and precision. Thus, modern automatic transmission vehicles provide better fuel economy. This helps even drivers with minimal skills to save on fuel.
Fuel Consumption tips:
- Learn how to shift properly. Using the wrong gear is not fuel efficient
- Learn proper pedal control so you don’t rev your engine unnecessarily.
- Even if you use an automatic transmission car with all the fuel efficiency system, learn to drive properly.
Fuel consumption transcends how much your car guzzles up. In fact, it covers everything from car parts, car maintenance, driving style and technique down to the type of fuel that you put in your vehicle. What matters is that we tweak every detail in order to maximize the fuel we put in our cars. This way, we save more money while we enjoy driving our cars.
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