Fuelish Behavior ...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 by Luke Pavlick
    Well, here we are, about a year removed from the $4.00+ per gallon gas prices of the 2008 summer driving season. When the prices started climbing last summer we started hearing about different ways to reduce our own fuel and energy costs.
   
    Some of the reports we heard even came up with new words to help us understand the need to conserve fuel. Who came up with "staycation" anyhow? Did we really need a new word to tell us that if we stay home, or at least close to home, we would use less gas? I know I didn't.

    I recently heard a a story on NPR in which, news reporter, Joyce Russell explained how UPS uses computerized routing to avoid left turns because of the amount of fuel wasted while waiting in traffic to turn left.

    What about those drag race type launches from stop lights we often see? We know they can cause a several different things. Not so pleasant conversations with somebody who has red and blue lights on top of their car and reduced fuel economy just to name a couple.
  
    Tire companies are developing new technologies to reduce the rolling resistance in tires and have introduced several new offerings which promise better fuel economy. We recently tested some of them with a mini fleet of Prius Hybrids. Amazingly, 60 mpg was not as hard to reach as 60 mph. Check out this new breed of tires which might make your current car sip gas almost as miserly as a new hybrid.
Just remember, the easiest and fastest way to reduce your cars fuel consumption is air. You can improve your gas mileage just by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in the pressure and properly inflated tires are also safer and last longer.






The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner's manual.

Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire's sidewall.
     
My name is Luke Pavlick and I am a car guy

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