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More Fuel Tips

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While I’m working on my net worth review and fuel review today, I wanted to share some great fuel tips I picked up in the Fuelly community. vw golf

Coasting

Coasting as far as safely possible before coming to a stop saves me more gas than anything else. Many modern engines will either cut off the flow of fuel or significantly reduce the flow of fuel to the engine if you coast longer than a couple of seconds.

Highway Driving

With an automatic transmission, manually shift out of overdrive or shift down just before passing. This avoids the need to press the accelerator all the way down to ‘engage’ the passing gear.

City Driving

Contrary to popular opinion, the slowest acceleration is not the most efficient. Engines are more efficient at higher torque but less efficient at higher RPMs. You want to accelerate as much as possible without letting the RPMs go too high (over 2500-3000 for many engines).

Taking Care of the Car

The less weight in your car, the better the gas mileage. Do a little spring cleaning and remove everything from the trunk of your car (and everywhere else) that doesn’t need to be there.

Which Gas Octane to Buy

Contrary to popular belief more octane doesn’t make your engine perform better nor is the gasoline any cleaner than lower octane ratings. Octane is a burn retardant, that means that it slows down the rate of combustion (burning) for gasoline. Octane ratings higher than those required by your engine actually decrease performance, albeit very slightly and probably imperceptively at that, so buying higher octane ratings than needed just wastes money. As engines wear and tire out you may need a higher octane rating to control detonation, my last car wouldn’t climb the mountains on 87 after about 100,000 miles and needed 89 – 91 to keep from pinging, but around town it did just fine on 87 octane up until I had it rebuilt at 195,000 miles.

I am not reccomending violating your owner’s manual requirements, if your owners manual says to use mid grade or high test then by all means do it, don’t jeopordize your warranty to save a few cents per gallon, but if you’re adding high test because you think it is better gas and your manual doesn’t suggest or require it, then you should revisit this logic.

Thoughts on Driving and Saving Gas

What are some of your best tips for saving on gasoline when driving?

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May Fuel Challenge Check-In #4

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I hope you like charts  because I got a couple up for this week’s Fuel Challenge Check In.

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My Fuel Challenge Review

I just completed my last fill up for the month and entered it into Fuelly to get a picture of how May went. Here are my miles per gallon averages for the past 4 weeks along with a cost analysis:

  • 1st week: 27.3 mpg
  • 2nd week: 22.8 mpg
  • 3rd week: 25.9 mpg
  • 4th week: 25 mpg
That means my stats over April and May comes out to:

 miles per gallon may review

While I’m around average as far as my miles per gallon stats compare to other Accord drivers, there is still room for improvement.

Gas Fuel-Ups Cheaper

fuel costs for may

Right now gas prices having been decreasing during May and with my last fill up at Costco, regular gas was about $3.45/gallon. I’m still not calling it cheap, but I’m happy it’s moving away from $4/gallon that we were inching towards the other month. While I can’t control pump at the price much, I can focus on deceasing my cost per mile.

Monthly Reviews of Driving

I had so much fun with keep track of my driving this month that I’ve decided to continue doing a monthly review of my stats. I think it’s a fun way to keep myself focused on increasing my gas mileage and decreasing my car’s expenses. I also hope it’ll help others to do the same.

I’ve done  monthly review of our net worth over at Couple Money for the last couple of years and it’s been incredibly helpful for us (and from the feedback for others too). If you already do a monthly reviewing of your driving stats, please send me a link and I’ll include it as part of a round-up each month.

Thoughts on the Fuel Challenge

I’d love to hear from you about the challenge. Please remember to leave your progress in the comments below

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May Fuel Challenge Check-In #3

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Besides hosting the Fuel Challenge this month, I’m also taking the challenge. It’s been a month of ups and downs literally. I started off pretty strong, had a bad week last check-in, but now I’m improving again.

How I’m Doing with My Cargasoline spending

Here are the week by week results for myself:

  • 1st week: 27.3 mpg
  • 2nd week: 22.8 mpg
  • 3rd week: 25.9 mpg

I’m not hitting any records, but I’m increasing my gas mileage even with city driving.

Hybrid Drivers – Join In!

There is still a great chance you can win some money! Right now for trucks and SUVs the top performance is 14mpg and no one has entered into the hybrid division. That means you have a great chance of winning if you simply enter.  All you have to do is please follow My Financial Reviews on Twitter and let me know how you’re doing. That’s it!

If you own a truck or an SUV you also have a good chance of grabbing some money. Right now the best number we have is 14mpg. Come on, I know someone can beat that!

If you a way to track your gas mileage and your gasoline expenses, Fuelly is a handy site that can do it all.

Thoughts on the Fuel Challenge

I’d love to hear from you about the challenge. Please remember to leave your progress in the comments below – it’s encouraging and a way for us to see how each other is doing. If you have any tips that you’ve used please share them as well.

May Fuel Challenge Check-In #2

Good Morning! It’s another Monday, so it’s time for me to check in with my own progress with the Fuel King/Queen Challenge. This week’s check-in isn’t so great, at least not for me. I filled up my car again and though I expected it to be worse than last fill up, I didn’t think it would be this bad. 

I got 22.8 miles per gallon this tank.

Want to Join the Fuel Challenge?

It’s simple really to join up to have a chance of winning some money:

No matter which challenge you take, please keep your receipts and record your gas mileage with every fill-up either on Couple Money or on My Financial Reviews, depending on which challenge you take. Simply leave a comment on today’s challenge post on Mondays’ posts which will be sharing everyone’s progress and tips.

Thoughts on the Fuel Challenge

I’d love to hear from you and your challenge. Please remember to leave your progress in the comments below – it’s encouraging and a way for us to see how each other is doing. If you have any tips that you’ve used please share them as well.