• July 30, 2012

10 Fuel-Economy Myths to Avoid

Fuel prices have led the drivers to adopt different ways to save gas. They buy fuel efficient vehicles and are ready to do everything that can cut off their gas budget. But in doing so, they can get hacked by myths that are definitely not true and which can give them loss instead of savings.  We have compiled a list of 10 fuel economy myths that you can watch out before  getting lost in the world of misconceptions.

1. Before start up warming the engine is better

It’s not necessary to start an engine to warm up neither does it saves fuel. It might be true in the old days when carburetors and chokes were used. Now, most advanced fuel efficient engines are fitted in the cars and they can give you a faster fuel economic performance at regular operating temperature. You can now drive your vehicle as you start up.

2. Open Window driving decreases fuel efficiency

Driving your vehicle with the open windows increases resistance and exert more force to drive the car thus eating more fuel . It also disrupts your car aerodynamics However, it is a misconception.

3. Aging of the vehicle reduces fuel economy

Aging of the vehicle doesn’t destroy its fuel economy. When properly maintained, its fuel efficiency remains the same. With the properly inflated tires and regular tune-ups you can prevent aging. Also the use of motor oil also affects its performance in terms of fuel economy.

4. Window Sticker EPA is always fixed

Some people think that window sticker EPA is always fixed as promised, like if it is 30 mpg, it is set. But it is not true, this mileage is rated under optimal conditions. It depends on how you drive your vehicle. If you don’t overload it with golf clubs, luggage, bikes and other heavy cargo it will run smoothly else it will decrease the EPA rating. Also, speedy driving burns more gas. When driving in a hilly area, the more forcefully you drive the car more gas you will burn.

5. Idling the vehicle enhances fuel efficiency

Don’t be happy that you have bought a new car and it is standing in your garage just to please your eyes. Yes, it is a common myth that idling the car will improve the fuel economy. However, it’s not true. Idling wastes your fuel and it uses a quarter to a half gallon of fuel in an hour. If you are trapped in heavy traffic or rushy place avoid turning on and off the car to save the gas.

6. Hybrids and Compacts are always fuel efficient

Hybrids are new in trend that boost to give more fuel efficiency but that is not always correct. It depends on the model also e.g Chevrolet’s Silverado Hybrid gets only 19 mpg.  Compacts and small cars are also not better in fuel economy than a larger model.

7. AC is a fuel eater

When the gas in the vehicle is just about to finish, we often turn off the air conditioning so that we can save gas and cover more miles. However, it’s not accurate, as switching off the AC doesn’t increases fuel efficiency. The air compressor does need power from the engine but it doesn’t eat more fuel for your vehicle.

8. Driving Manually saves gas

Manual driving saves gas but it doesn’t apply to the vehicles which are designed nowadays. They are more advanced, high tech and fuel efficient and you can enjoy driving them even on automatic transmission with greater fuel economy.

9. Premium fuel is always better

Premium fuel is best for sports and luxury vehicles as it has a higher octane rating, usually 91. In high performing engines it enhances power. But most of the cars are designed to run on regular fuel and driving them on premium will charge you 20 cents more per gallon. The intelligent way is to drive the car on the fuel which is recommended by the auto company whether it is regular or premium.

10. 55 is the best to save gas

Over speeding affects fuel consuming ability of the vehicle and your car eats more fuel but 55mph is not the number to drive , the original speed is 60mph that not only gives you optimum speed but burns less fuel. Going beyond that speed may decrease the fuel efficiency.

So, don’t believe in these myths and try to avoid them as they are only misconceptions and you won’t get a better fuel economy if you believe them.

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