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Monday, April 18, 2011


Idling is one of the worst enemies for a modern vehicle and it will cost you. Ever heard of having to warm up a car when its cold? That was true for carburetor engines, but not so true for modern fuel injected engines. Now fuel injected engines get hot pretty quickly and are ready to use seconds after a start-up. On a cold morning, you can let the engine idle for 30 seconds, any prolonged time is just a waste of gas. The best way to warm up the engine is to just drive it, this way it will get hotter quicker and the heat is distributed equally along the motor.

When coming to a stop, your car is getting  0 mpg, that's right ZERO!. Drive-trues are also gas wasters, its is better to go inside and order your food.  IF you're waiting in your car for more than a minute, turn the car off, its a waste of gas. In my quest to save money on my gas, I avoid drive-trues, unnecessary warm-ups when the engine is cold, I turn off the ignition when i stop on red lights and only if I know that I am going to be there for more than a minute. In other words, I anticipate how long I'm going to be at that stop and if its worth it to turn of the ignition. Turning off the car while coming to a stop is an advanced driving method. Turning off the car will disable your power steering, due so with caution and at your own risk. Saving gas even means turning off the car once in a while. How do it? Read the next post.

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