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

Use Cruise control.
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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......
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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.
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vjmagic
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:34:24 PM

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

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

drive less
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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
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 1:44:40 PM

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

slow down
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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
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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.
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:25:49 AM

No jack rabbit starts...............
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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!!!
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Nozzel
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:08:45 PM

take it easy on the gas paddle
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hotwire43
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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.
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FieroGT
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:37:19 PM

smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient engine.
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DrThos
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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.
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pawnkingfour
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:43:57 PM

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

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

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

Stay home more.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2013 10:56:43 PM

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

drive less
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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.
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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!
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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.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 4:34:48 PM

walking
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ny10
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 11:06:03 AM

Heard that diesel is a cheaper solution overall
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 10:36:05 AM

drivers can save a more than reasonable amount of fuel if they would just pa attention of traffic farther ahead and the red lights. that's when to let off the go pedal, keeping more distance following the ahead vehicle also helps save by staying off the brakes.

Avoid making a complete stop if possible or regaining travel speed quickly even idling. GLuck saving....
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 8:22:37 AM

Get a diesel
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justinemt14
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 3:20:39 AM

Drive a hybrid. Or, as the gentleman below me cleverly suggested, work from home.
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 1:27:32 AM

work from home...saves gas and saves time otherwise wasted in traffic
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:17:33 PM

Avoid stop and go traffic

[Edited by: rick_evans at 11/19/2013 5:16:54 PM EST]
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superscion
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:27:53 AM

Try to avoid higher traffic areas and times by using different routes. Try to maintain steady speeds and enjoy the ride.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 3:42:51 AM

Not often but when I travel in the County, where the roads are slight up/down hill/bends, then when no one is following if I need to pickup speed I hold off the go pedal until I reach the next down-grade.

Remember that to reaccelerate after loosing travel speed on such roads, your engine will use less fuel if you can do the reclaiming on any down-grade rather then on level or up-hill terrain. Using gravity to aid the Engines power ability to make the increase to average travel speed again.

Sure it takes a bit longer, you can gradual bring your vehicle at a slow pace rate back up to speed if time is a factor, but if you just hammer down the go pedal after each lost drop in speed then the slight wait is more fuel efficient.

Saying it simply takes less fuel to regain your travel speed, when you can use a section of downhill to do so V/S accelerating on level or uphill road sections. Granted the familiar roads are easier to benefit from, and the not known ones could result in a lot of brake use, that depends on fuel savings also...... Hurry attitudes won't help either on fuel savings, driving County, depends on where your located.
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bikemannc
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 10:13:06 AM

Most if not all cars will get the best mileage possible traveling between 45-50mph; why? It's the best our gas engines can produce. Public trans/buses are fine but it puts me at least 30mins to an hour later in getting where I am going to.If you work more than one job buses are nearly impossible to depend on to make your 'needed' connection and a full bus will not stop for you. Bicycling works in a city but sidewalk use in needed in cities the size of L.A.,Los Angeles. Cops there encourage bicyclists to ride on the sidewalks as it is rare you will not get hit by a car. If you are living in a rural/country kind of town 10-20 miles is the usual distance to work,stores,etc.Yes, you can ride around 20 miles an hour once you get in shape riding a bicycle but an hour to town,errands,shopping,etc is not practical for most ppl.especially carrying your bags back on your bicycle home. It can be done,survived,and enjoyed but most ppl will not spend their time in this when a friend w/a car or the bus can be used.
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 6:55:35 PM

Combine trips and plan your route when running errands. Make a shopping list so you're not going to the store several times. Planning ahead will save time and fuel.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 9:26:05 AM

My first thought is look at your tires when parked on a good firm surface at any given outside daily temperature compare the slight bulge at te contact point with the road surface.

Remember this is easy to do, often you may find that all four tires seem a bit low, then a pressure check would be wise, tires cost a lot more to the present day, the larger sizes even more.

Any one tire will cost you in extra fuel consumption doesn't matter what speed, they do it anytime that low tire or tires are in motion, plus damage can place over time, anytime because of various road conditions.

More following distance works to stay off the brakes, 80% of the time you will only save a few seconds, by rushing along close behind or lane changing only to be slowed by a repeated traffic crowd-up ahead. Also Brakes applied means repeat acceleration that's wasteful/costly for a 3-10 second traffic advantage.

Just watch all the intermittent brake lights lite ahead of you they are seconds grabbers at an extra $$ cost to their fuel tanks/brake systems. Ho/Hum....Mmmm Clues are scarce Now-Days......
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dv8jane
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 8:44:08 AM

coast to red lights.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 8:40:24 AM

Stop the love affair with those brakes!!!!
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contiki
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 11:07:30 AM

No jack rabbit starts..........
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 8:01:02 AM

Drive less
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drydem
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 7:57:57 AM

drive when all the traffic lights are turned off ( blinking yellow)
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 4:14:36 AM

Driving the shopping routes where zones are 30 -45 MPH and traffic is often going 5 MPH above that, I then keep more following distance between the up front vehicle. They crowd close and then are up/down on the brakes an the go pedal repeatedly, I see that practice as a fuel waster.

One travel route is 5+ miles while the other is 0ver 6 mile of business shopping and that is only those two main ones from my home. Driving and paying attention with moderate traffic, I often can make all green lights over those distances about 85% missing nearly but a about 3 shorter timed red lights, closer to home.

On windy headwind days I often drop in behind a large truck when driving highway, then drop speed, and keep ample safe distance, they travel close to the speed limits by about3% steady when on basic level terrain. My economy indicator shows good results on mileage then. I don't tailgate....
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 5:33:18 PM

Go easy Bro..
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waynecz
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:54:21 AM

Drift more, especially way ahead of red lights you see turning red
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:52:59 AM

2 Words-"PRESERVE MOMENTUM"
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asmith1138
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 2:48:02 PM

Bicycle, lots of places are putting in bike lanes now
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 11:31:15 AM

GO DIESEL!
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33gort33
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2013 6:23:12 AM

motorcycling
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