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Helen1969

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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 9:56:55 AM

Take the Street Vs the Freeway the faster you go the more gas you burn keep it under 25 if possible.
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twt
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:34:56 AM

Yeah, right.
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nourdives
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 9:37:55 PM

yeah, not driving works best
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forresj
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 11:44:21 AM

walking. zero gasoline.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 7:04:15 AM

Drive a diesel. Uses zero gasoline.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 6:15:58 AM

Keep a light foot
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 3:50:01 AM

LOL! 4 posts, all the same failed attempt at spam!
shinysideup61 joined almost 3 years ago, posted no prices, read no articles, and now tries to spam, but he can't post links!
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 4:27:12 PM

Ride often with your Mother-in-law, brag on her good driving often, stay tuned in with Her.
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pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 10:30:39 AM

Avoid routes that need a lot of braking. Braking reduces kinetic energy.

The country could save millions of gallons of gas if traffic engineers could figure out how to time the traffic lights so you don't have to stop at every one.
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shinysideup61
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 8:46:21 AM

I came across a product that helps fight against the harmful effects of Ethanol. It clears your lines, give better performance and gas mileage. They have a 6 tank challenge that I took. After using one treatment I gained an extra 135 miles to the tank. I'm impressed! If you want to check it out go to: scroll to (shop). The challenge costs about 36 bucks but I can see I'll get my returns on my money in no time.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2013 7:07:19 AM

Quit surging. Almost everyone I ride with cannot maintain a steady foot on the accelerator.

May need to cut back on the coffee a bit?????
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drgeeforce
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 2:18:40 PM

if a majority of your driving is less than 30mi roundtrip, then a Plug-in hybrid or electric is your best bet. Long distance is better on small hybrids and diesels. With your current ride, the best way to save gas is using a fixed throttle. That means not accelerating uphill, rather slowing down keeping the pedal at fixed position. Vice versa, going downhill, you are accelerating using gravity as your friend. City vs Hwy, its hands down, Hwy. Your vehicle's EPA rated mpg is based on a flat, straight road going 45mph, windows up, no A/C, headlights off, radio off, tires inflated to MFG.
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2013 10:48:05 AM

I believe if the freeway will get you there, it would cost less. On the streets you will have a chance of stop signs and or traffic lights. Stopping and starting cost more constant motion. I understand there is a chance of traffic jams or other factors on the freeway, but for the most part it should cost less in fuel.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:55:14 AM

There is always the possibility that on a vehicle with a few years of aging/miles, when a maintenance is due have the shop check on the electric coolant fans run cycles for (proper on/off durations) faulty switch sensors or mounting can cause a drop in mileage.

The electric fans consume plenty of energy amps when running, so more than the proper amount can cause extra gas energy to be used up(Summer/Winter).Relays do go bad, temp sensors can get sluggish and sum can get out of proper position. Maybe a faulty connector with the wiring due to corrosion(weathered elements).
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lunarrv15
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2013 9:26:27 AM

share rides
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:43:21 AM

That's easy, stop driving.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 11:35:33 PM

Any low inflated tire or tires on any vehicle will require more fuel to be consumed at any speed, also excess heat builds in the sidewall where more flexing does take place when running low air pressure.

Following up close in traffic requires much extra braking, that braking reduces momentum, then returning back to average traffic speed uses more fuel each time the go-pedal is pressed.

Rushing up to red lights with traffic ahead already stopped is a fuel waster, anyone knows it takes extra time for each vehicle stopped ahead it always takes numerous seconds to start the flow moving again.

The sooner a driver releases the go-pedal when they see this condition (vision) ahead their engine relaxes on fuel usage over that distance. The object is to be able to keep your vehicle moving even if required to slow pace it for a few seconds.

If you really don't care about how much you spend at the refueling pumps or about how much goes out your vehicles exhaust forget about the lack in mileage $$ when you refuel or hear about the brake system renewing costs.

The simplest thing to remember for saving fuel is >> any thing you do to cause your speedometer hand to go upward or drop back, that reaction causes extra fuel cost/energy from the vehicles tank($$$...) "Your The Man" and steady is better....
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pghbill
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 11:38:12 AM

stop n go with stop signs and lights negates benefits of lower speed
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bote
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 11:00:10 AM

Simply pace yourself, it works. Ignore those going 10+ over speed limit
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 10:14:30 AM

HOOPITUP2000 writes: Unfortunately it's harder to use a call phone while driving with a manual.
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You are kidding, right? Is this just a playful ploy to get people exercised about using cell phones? I hope so because NO ONE has any business using a cell phone and driving.

BTW, HELEN1969 posted one time and is now long gone.

[Edited by: Houckster at 12/11/2013 10:15:50 AM EST]
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:03:08 AM

Drive a car with a manual or DSG transmission. Unfortunately it's harder to use a call phone while driving with a manual.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 5:35:37 AM

Walk and walk,,,,
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nourdives
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2013 12:57:43 PM

Walk or ride a bike, if able.
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cheapmonkee
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 7:48:57 PM

The sweet spot is probably just a few miles per hour over where top gear locks in. For my SL2, with no load it will lock in around 35 mph, about 40-45 miles per hour would be the sweet spot.
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 9:23:15 AM

WRONG INFORMATION -- starting and stopping waste far more fuel than freeway driving. Best fuel economy is on cruise control at your cars sweet spot.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 8:33:11 AM

Park the unit more often
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Emerald1959
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 10:22:14 PM

55
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forresj
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 12:47:00 PM

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. The ideal speed is 55mph because you'll be in higher gear. Don't go any faster because you'll be fighting air resistance.
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ny10
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 11:42:58 AM

best way to save on gas would be drive less
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:57:49 AM

Drive a manual transmission & learn how to reduce engine pumping losses. City mileage can be very close to highway mileage if done correctly.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 10:24:57 AM

Actually, some city "stop and go" traffic does not save gas. Your car uses more gas accelerating from rest and wastes gas when you brake.

In truth, uninterrupted driving and low speed is optimal for gas savings. So what is best route to take? Neither. Driving habits is the best way of saving gas than what route you take.

I prefer driving on the freeway. Driving at 55mph is preferable because you'll be in 5th or 6th gear covering the distance faster at the same RPM when compared to driving in the city and wind resistance is relatively low. More importantly, you're not appreciably delaying traffic.

Use a trip cost calculator because it should give you some cost perspective.

[Edited by: forresj at 6/13/2013 10:28:50 AM EST]
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cistech
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 9:09:36 AM

Drive a motorcycle, but be safe when riding. I have an '05 Ford F150. If fuel costs $3.50/gal and I have a 30 gallon tank to fill, I'd pay $105 a week for my truck. When I ride my motorcycle, it costs me $14-17 a week.
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:44:14 PM

ramboid = wrong for efi engines
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priver
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:51:47 PM

car pool..
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sleeepdoc
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 5:26:02 PM

Get a Prius. I'm getting over 50MPG!!
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cricsync
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 2:40:04 PM

change oil and air filter on time.
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gas_phil
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:55:08 AM

just do everything online lol
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BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:04:15 AM

Plan your trips in one route
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:20:52 AM

Try to minimize braking and acceleration.
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ramboid
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:59:59 AM

Inspect the air filter, If it has much dust insects and basically looks dirty, replace it for about $15 to $20. A clean air filter allows more air to be used in the combustion process and thus less gasoline. I check my air filter 2X year; or more often if driving on dusty roads.
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streetirsx
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 5:02:27 AM

slowdown and dont drive like a namiac, stay within 5 mph of the speed limit and accelerate and deccelerate minimally.
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63pioneer
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 4:56:49 AM

Don't make a lot of unnecessary trips. Try do get as much done as you can each trip that you make and dropping the tailgates on pick-ups actually decreases gas mileage!
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:09:10 PM

I save fuel on hwy driving as long as I keep my car at the speed limit. My mileage goes down a lot driving little short distances. I try not to make a lot of unnecessary trips to the local stores. I save both ways with this.
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WES03
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 9:35:35 PM

Don't drive.
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twt
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 6:52:20 AM

Obey the speed limit and avoid "Jack Rabbit" starts.
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Z12
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Message Posted: May 11, 2013 11:10:43 PM

Drive the speed limit
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tdioiler
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Message Posted: May 11, 2013 2:17:35 PM

Walk or ride a bike
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: May 11, 2013 11:58:46 AM

Drive 60mph on freeway save gas
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: May 11, 2013 9:53:40 AM

drive slower and less often
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: May 11, 2013 8:14:00 AM

One thing to remember is any vehicle requires a certain amount of HP/Torque to propel that vehicle at a cruise speed against all resitive forces.

The RPMs to do so, are not a measurement of efficiency, or to amount of the throttle opening, or engine loads, or giving total info on how well the engine is doing at being efficient.

Pulling a very tall final gearing load requires more torque at a given amount of HP, in each rpm range. For example; when riding a bicycle, and picking a too high (top gear choice) for restive forces encountered causes more body torque energy to strain at lower rpm. to keep a steady average speed(ground coverage distance)= Energy used V/S travel distance V/S resistance = Strain... = requiring more physical energy (humans)and fuel energy for engines.

Bodies just get tired, sweat/fatigued, Engines desire more throttle by design to reach their full potential called (reserve performance)at an increased cost. The "Sweetspot" rpms or cruise speed is the range where motion is in "harmony" Vehicle is Happy to perform for You! LOL!
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thirstyV8suv
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 11:50:05 PM

Have to disagree with the OP. You want to be in the highest gear possible turning the lowest RPM possible. For my ride that would be around 45 MPH at which point the engine is running at about 1,500 RPM. Anything less and the engine is turning over more times than it needs to in order to turn the wheels.
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