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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 12:46:42 AM

What are your ideas?
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ray44512
Veteran Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 3:53:48 PM

Don't drive, you won't use a drop.
Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 2:55:55 PM

slow down…
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 9:46:42 PM

@ Mininana; You are right about constant braking any vehicle is a fuel gulper, also reveals the driver is making mistakes relating to any fuel economy, like not being attentive.

The hard part is often breaking the habit of always wanting to close up the following gap between the ahead vehicle. That vehicle usually is riding also closed up behind others.

Some don't get it about frequent braking is wasting fuel. Same for resuming travel speed, rather back up to travel cruise speed. Tail-pipe $$$
Mininana
All-Star Author New York

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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 10:56:49 PM

basically, I try to avoid braking... that is, putting myself into a position where I have to brake... 34 cards, 63 years, no more than two sets of brakes....
jameskel
Rookie Author Washington

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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 5:42:17 PM

Take out unneeded weight from your trunk.
Combine Trips
WALK if less than a mile
A light foot on the brake and accelerator
Windows up (a/c uses way less fuel the the drag windows cause)
RealtorJeff
All-Star Author San Diego

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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2014 6:42:12 PM

Agree with combining errands and limiting unnecessary trips.
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 1:59:57 AM

Ride with your "Mother-in-law" every chance you get......Proper inflate Her tires often, clean the litter box, mow Her grass, wash a few windows, refuse tips except on an extreme hot day, then buy Her some ice cream. Well?.....
hoopitup2000
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 6:35:59 AM

Just use your brain (combine errands, avoid rush hour traffic when possible, don't drive like an idiot, etc . . . . . )
JohnCur
All-Star Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 10:50:21 AM

combine errands such as trips to bank, barber shop, grocery store and you will see saving
poetdog73
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 10:36:53 AM

leave it parked!!!!!!!!!
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 9:57:10 AM

Steady as a train, HMmmmmm......
hoopitup2000
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 6:52:53 AM

Don't drive like the majority of other drivers. You'll saee a lot.
cv
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2014 6:31:57 AM

While on main roads, keep a steady speed limit range.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 12:48:16 PM

"Your hair must grow extremely fast!"

OMG, too funny!!
FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 12:00:36 PM

Your hair must grow extremely fast!
JohnCur
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 12:04:49 AM

Combine errands.. I now do shopping, groceries, haircut, etc. 2 dayss a week.
carinthuist
Champion Author San Francisco

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:01:01 PM

drive 60 to 62mph frwy
LibertyGuardian
All-Star Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 2:01:32 PM

If the price of gas is too high, don't own a vehicle you can't afford to drive and then whine about it.
FrankLee1
Champion Author Minnesota

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 11:35:55 AM

Living close to the things you do regularly is by far the best gas saver. When I was house shopping one of my requirements was that it be within easy bicycling distance to work. I have saved many many gallons of fuel and also wear and tear on my vehicles by doing work commuting and local errand running on bicycle or foot.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 3:45:44 AM

These are really simple; Just often look at your tires when it is on level blacktop, before entering. compare the slight bulge footprint at the bottom of each tire, then looking for one of the four to be considered running low inflated, by comparison.

Watch the red lights ahead in traffic, it takes usually 3...10+ seconds for most traffic to start moving on green, that is a signal for you to let off your go pedal, red lights/red tail lamps ahead with any vehicle approaching is still using fuel unless they let off the pedal.

Simply avoid braking motion when possible by getting off the fuel pedal. It takes less fuel to get back up to travel speed if you don't stop your vehicle's motion entirely.

Following at a greater distance from the ahead vehicle allows you to stay off your brakes more. By braking present motion/momentum, that wastes the previous fuel used to propel your vehicle only seconds before. Right foot stuff gets expensive when driving..... Every time you refuel blame the results on it! Your Right Foot! HABITS! ETC.
speedfreek
Rookie Author Edmonton

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2014 8:48:55 AM

I have add good results adding small amounts of trimethylbenzene and mmt as octane boosters and tungsten disulfide as a friction modifier along with fuel additives like Lucas oil fuel treatment with upper cylinder lubricant. Tungsten disulfide is awesome at removing friction in the engine, differentials, transfer case, power steering, and you can get special grease for the u-joints and wheel bearings from lowerfriction dot com.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 12:45:17 PM

Drive as little as possible, with the most fuel efficient vehicle that you can afford.
xbAG
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 8:49:35 PM

drive the speed limit in the slow lane. Less stop n go stuff.
Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 7:55:55 PM

slow down and watch ahead for red lights.
twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 3:23:31 AM

Use Cruise control.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 9:10:00 PM

During evening I generally turn on my park lamps instead of the headlamps, when they don't even show on the road pavement ahead. Amber shows up better and without the glare, until dusk becomes almost dark.

The alternator has a lesser load to drag away extra fuel, using the lesser wattage, also unnecessary use of DRLs can use extra fuel by more wattage draw on the vehicles alternator, at idle or moving, sitting still with the brake lamps on bright(if not a late model with LED rear lights) consumes more fuel energy >>> during long waits or repeated intervals.

Alternators today are heavier in design, pull more Engine HP to operate at different times, depends on the type of vehicle driven/driver's choices of using the electrical system options.

Converted Electrical Energy is dependent on Engine HP energy and Engine mechanical energy is dependent on Fuel Tank Energy/Air as a source, the battery is the middleman(The balance player)with extra help......
ethfreegas
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 8:03:36 PM

Do away with ethanol mixed in with gasoline and the majority of vehicles will see a 12 to 18% increase in fuel economy.
vjmagic
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:34:24 PM

don't speed
ace12012
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 4:29:39 PM

ease up on the gas and braking.
thebrohta167
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 2:48:43 PM

drive less
Mr.Dirt
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 2:11:31 PM

the best way is to stay home but that is not so good for me love to travel
PatAZ
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 1:44:40 PM

Stay home more.
redfish67
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 10:49:01 AM

slow down
braves89
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 9:56:37 AM

try to limit amount of trips get all shopping done at once
Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 9:05:33 AM

I try to maintain a constant speed and use a light foot, run synthetic oil, and keep air filters clean. Also, keep both vehicles highly polished/waxed and Rainex on the glass. All this seems to work for great mileage above the EPA sticker.
contiki
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:25:49 AM

No jack rabbit starts...............
noonedwagfan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:26:26 PM

When you step on gas pedal, do it as if an egg is between your foot and pedal!!!
Nozzel
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:08:45 PM

take it easy on the gas paddle
hotwire43
Veteran Author Indiana

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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 7:33:46 PM

Take your foot off the gas peddle and take advantage of coasting as much as possible. I hardly ever have to use my brakes before I slow down to 40 or 35 miles MPH when stopping for a stop sign.
FieroGT
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:37:19 PM

smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient engine.
DrThos
Sophomore Author Madison

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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 4:23:28 PM

First of all - get everyone else take public transportation thereby clearing the road for me.
pawnkingfour
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:43:57 PM

Plan your trips.
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 12:53:52 PM

Try to maintain a constant speed as much as possible
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 4:15:25 PM

Use a light foot.
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 10:44:41 AM

Stay home more.
GrumpyCat
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2013 10:56:43 PM

Don't drive.
ny10
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2013 1:37:07 PM

drive less
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2013 9:23:53 AM

Bite the bullet and get a 2d car that's a hybrid and capable of, in my case, tripling my mpg over the old tank SUV.
mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 11:53:39 PM

get out and push the car! Good way to stay in shape as well!
HotRod10
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 4:38:23 PM

Diesel used to be more economical, but today, between the higher prices for diesel fuel (compared with gasoline) and the extra premium for the vehicle (about $3000), it doesn't really pay for itself until about 10 years of ownership. After that, the longevity of the diesel engine becomes a big factor also; diesel engines still typically last about twice as long. If you keep vehicles for the long haul, a diesel is a good deal; if you lease or trade in after a few years, you'll typically do better with a gasser.
forresj
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 4:34:48 PM

walking
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