Bad Mileage Mistakes: Are You Making Them?

Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:02

We all know about the common mileage mistakes that are hard on your wallet, while they waste gas in and out of the city, but are you at risk of making these mistakes? Are you one of the thousands of consumers that don’t get the most out of your gas mileage? Here are a couple common mistakes, and what you can do to fix them, while saving money on gas and increasing mileage before the next time you fill up your tank.

With the rising costs of fuel and the uncertainty within the economy we as consumers need to be prudent throughout our expenditures, and fuel is not immune to these personal budget cuts.

One of the most common mistakes that people make that wastes fuel is driving with the windows open during the summer on highways or roads in which the driver is able to travel at high speeds. This increases the pull of the vehicle, causing more gas to be exuded through the process of trying to pull the vehicle forward, against the wind.  This can be avoided easily enough by using low levels of air conditioning or opening the sun-roof while traveling at high speeds throughout the summer season.

Did you know that where you park has a lot to do with what it is going to cost to fill up at the pump? Parking in the sun causes the gas to become hot, and what happens to hot gas? It begins to evaporate. Parking in the shade can stop this process while cutting costs at the pump. Consider parking in the shade or in an indoor parking garage to save gas.

These two mistakes are some of the most common, especially for drivers of gas guzzling SUVs. Taking the time to avoid these two bad habits could save those valuable dollars when it comes time to fill up your vehicle.

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3 Responses to “Bad Mileage Mistakes: Are You Making Them?”

  1. Gavin@Automatic Garage Doors says:

    September 6th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    You would be surprised at how many people don’t understand the amount of fuel required to keep your air conditioner going. By the way, did you see the episode on Mythbuster’s they did on keeping the windows down while driving?

  2. Warburton's, INC says:

    September 27th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Sometimes you can’t help but park in the sun, especially in places like Arizona or Nevada. There isn’t not too much you can do.

  3. Jonathan says:

    November 23rd, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Yes, there are a lot of ignorant people out there that do not understand that driving with the window down will use more gas then having the air condition on. Your tips are helpful but the best way to conserve gas is to not have such a heavy foot. A smoother and slower acceleration will use up to 35% less gas. Especially true for cars that are turbo charged.