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User currently offlineFfis34 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

So about 6 months ago i got my drivers lisence...im your average 16 year old american teen...my parents gave me our 1994 dodge caravan, so its not the best car in the world but its reliable and its free...but i notice on top of school im working a 30 hours work week with one job 10 hours with a second job, just so i can pay insurance and gas for this damned car...

what are suggestions to help the mileage in my car...its about 23 city 27 highway...

i took all the seats out except for my seat and the front passenger seat

i constantly check my tire pressure

i dont use my a/c....thats a big one liveing in tampa florida

i only drive if i really really have to...

its just annoying to know that of the 250 i get a week about 200 of that goes to gas a month...

any other suggestions..i am willing to try anything to save a buck or two



brad


Chris, since we are in jail I need to say something to you. Dont drop the soap
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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2665 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
any other suggestions..i am willing to try anything to save a buck or two

Unfortunately, unless you can walk more or car-pool, your pretty much at the mercy of the oil companies.



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

Sell it and buy a diesel?

User currently offlineNancy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 467 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

Try to keep a constant speed on the expressway. It takes a lot less gas if you're not constantly accelerating and braking. Also, it takes less gas to use the AC on the highway than to keep the windows open - air drag.

User currently offlineFfis34 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Quoting Nancy (Reply 3):
Try to keep a constant speed on the expressway. It takes a lot less gas if you're not constantly accelerating and braking. Also, it takes less gas to use the AC on the highway than to keep the windows open - air drag

yes well i only ever do city driving...and it kills my ears to have the windows open on the highways


brad



Chris, since we are in jail I need to say something to you. Dont drop the soap
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
23 city 27 highway...

That's not too bad! My old car gave me 12 in the city! My new truck gives me about 20.


User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4892 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Tell your fat friends you're sorry but you can't drive them places.

Check you air filter. A clean filter will give you up to 10% saving on gas according to Fram anyway  Smile

YOWza



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3863 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Push your car instead of driving it.


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

Hitting the brakes will actually burn gas (well, indirectly). Also, the more you accelerate (the further you press down the pedal), the more gas you burn. In other words, try to think ahead. Slowly roll up to red lights or stopped cars instead of accelerating for a moment and then braking again. Also, when you go after a full stop and there's no traffic behind you, accelerate very slowly.

Then, there is one incredibly stupid habit of many americans: Idling your engine. I've seen people park the car at the CVS leaving the engine running, locking the car with a spare key, only to keep the inside cool. Turn off the engine whenever you can.

Third, try to avoid trips. I'm living in Germany at the moment, and everybody seems to walk or ride their bike everywhere. Also, try to consolidate trips. What's the point in throwing out your passenger's seats when you drive to work, drive home, then drive to the ATM an hour later, then drive to WAL MART in the evening to get a bag of beef jerky, and then at 9:30 drive to Mickey D's, with 3 cars ahead of you in the driveway. You can do all of that in one trip.

Then, try to find somebody at work who lives nearby, and drive together. Then split the gas bill.

Last, get a green 10 foot garden hose at the Home Depot, stick one end into the gas tank of [insert random co-worker]'s car, and suck hard. then put the other end into your tank. Your co-workers might notice the octane on your breath though, and smoking a cigarette within the next hour might toast you big time.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

How many miles per month are you doing because my parents who drive on average 20,000km/year (12,000miles/yr) do not spend nearly that much in Canadian Dollars for each of their cars and they drive a 1999 Subaru Forester and a 2000 Volvo S70. Although I haven't talked to them about how much they spend now when gas here has been about $1.05/L for a month or so now which is converts to about $3.50 a gallon in US prices.


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User currently offlineBA747YYZ From Canada, joined Mar 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

Quoting Ffis34 (Reply 4):
yes well i only ever do city driving...and it kills my ears to have the windows open on the highways

I saw this on the news last night...
Try to plan 2 lights ahead so you do very little stoping, and keep your car at the most constant speed you can. And this may feel like you are going slow but you are going the same average speed. This will apparently save you 20% on gas.


User currently offlineMarambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

My suggestion:

Get one of these...

http://www.westendcycles.co.uk/Picts/product.211.jpg

Cheap, fuel-efficient, not-polluting and you get the chance to exercise.  Smile

Saludos,
Marambio



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User currently offlineFrontiercpt From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 973 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

Save a car, ride a cowboy....erm....horse. Fun to ride (the horse I mean), they give you free manure, and they are a great fashion statement (and if you get a chestnut colored horse, you can wear anything with them and you will still look great!). Finding a place to tie it up while you are at work may be hard, but hey it could work!

~F9capperz


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
any other suggestions..i am willing to try anything to save a buck or two

Leave the car in the driveway.....and walk!!! That's a sure guarantee that you'll save gas!

Phyllis  bouncy 


User currently offlineFfis34 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

i would love to walk but school is 5 miles away, and work is 2 minutes from school

so walking isnt really to much of an option..the bus system here in pinellas county no longer exsists within the school system due to lack of fund for fuel for the buses...so the bus isnt an option...i could bike but seriously who wants to get on a bike a 5 in the morning to go to school....


brad



Chris, since we are in jail I need to say something to you. Dont drop the soap
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 6):
Check you air filter. A clean filter will give you up to 10% saving on gas according to Fram anyway

This is true, if you checked air filter sales against oil filter sales you may be quite surprised at the results.

"Save gas..fart in a piggy bank"  Smile


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 13):

Thats assuming he has two legs and knows how to use them.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 6):
Tell your fat friends you're sorry but you can't drive them places.

No, tell your fat friends that you want 5 bucks a ride.... Made 30 bucks this week, tis wonderful  biggrin 

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):

But Brad, I feel ya pain. Im in your shoes, plus a Dammed loan for the car on top of it all.... $2.89!....



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Another thing - avoid giving your car some stick off the line...you can increase your fuel economy by up to 20% just by accelerating more gently.

Here's a big one that most people forget - GET A TUNE UP!!!! Making sure your engine is running according to the specifications will save a huge amount of fuel. Consider the following if you do your own work:

-Consider making the switch to a synthetic oil if you're using dino oil (unless your manual says otherwise). This will help reduce friction losses within the engine, and will have the added benefit of making your engine run a bit cooler.

-Replace your air filter often - minimum of once a year or every 20,000 km. Don't go buy a K&N (or any other oiled air filter for that matter), as you will not gain anything from it, apart from dirtier oil and wrecked mass airflow sensors.

-Change or clean your spark plugs regularly - this is difficult in some vehicles (read: FF V6s), but it will make your engine run more smoothly and efficiently.

Also, inflate your tires to near the maximum allowed on the tire - the amounts on your doorpost are considerably lower than the maximum permitted for the tire to give the best compromise between load carrying, road noise, efficiency and comfort. Increasing your tire pressures will increase road noise and decrease comfort, but will greatly increase efficiency. Plus, if you're driving a Ford Explorer, it WILL save your life. duck 

For you manual drivers, as you approach a light, don't depress the clutch or put it in neutral to coast up to the light, keep the car in gear instead. This is because most modern engines will completely shut off the fuel to the engine when the car is in gear and with the throttle closed, whereas idling out of gear or in neutral will use some fuel.

[Edited 2006-04-25 03:23:51]


Time...to un-pimp...ze auto!
User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Try driving downhill more often. I know Florida to be a pretty mountainous place and you'll get good savings coasting downhill.  wink 

I was about to come up with all the obvious suggestions but they're already covered. Slipstreaming trucks helps as well. But all these driving tips will only save you a little, if you can carpool then you're gonna save a lot.

If saving money means a lot to you then invest some time & effort finding someone to rideshare with.

BF



Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineFDXMECH From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

Only get half a tanks worth.


You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
i dont use my a/c....thats a big one liveing in tampa florida

Unless your driving 30mph this waste more gas. Put the AC on Econ and keep the windows closed aerodynamics is horrible with the windows opened.

As you said take as much wieght out of your car. Also here is a nice tip when your tank is getting lower on gas down fill it up at when there is still 1/2 a tank or 1/4 of a tank because the gas wieghs too. So the less gas you have in the car the less you waste but dont let it go to low.
Also try to roll to a stop and not use brakes.
Try to use cruise control as much as you can even if it is a 30mph residential neighborhood not just on the highway.
My car gets about 10-12mpg in the city at around 14-16 on the highway. In traffic I will get around 9mpg. I wish I had your mileage and I also need to use premmium. So your situation could be worse.  Smile Just drive nice and easy and follow the tips here and there should be improvement. And lets all pray for lower prices!



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User currently offlineFfis34 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Unless your driving 30mph this waste more gas. Put the AC on Econ and keep the windows closed aerodynamics is horrible with the windows opened.

yeah its all city top speed 35mph, so i always keep them down..



Chris, since we are in jail I need to say something to you. Dont drop the soap
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

What about a motorised scooter? Less than 50CC, save heaps of cash on Gas

User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Unless your driving 30mph this waste more gas. Put the AC on Econ and keep the windows closed aerodynamics is horrible with the windows opened.

That is a misconception...A/C uses a ton of extra fuel. Depending on the car, you could require an additional 10-15 hp to turn the air conditioning compressor. Especially at highway speeds, where most cars utilize between 5 and 10 percent of their rated power output, this will drastically reduce your fuel economy.

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Also here is a nice tip when your tank is getting lower on gas down fill it up at when there is still 1/2 a tank or 1/4 of a tank because the gas wieghs too. So the less gas you have in the car the less you waste but dont let it go to low.

That is a very good idea, actually - I do it in my car, but I keep my tank as close to half full as possible all the time. Of course, I could do better by keeping it at 1/4 full, but if you run anything less than 1/2 a tank in most cars it is very hard on the fuel pump - and when you have to replace it, all of a sudden your savings in gas have more than vanished.

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Try to use cruise control as much as you can even if it is a 30mph residential neighborhood not just on the highway.

Again, another misconception. Cruise control will hurt your fuel economy, especially in hilly areas. This is because cruise control generally applies a lot of throttle to accelerate the vehicle either to speed or to maintain speed. Instead of accelerating down the hill and coasting (to a degree) up the other side, you will coast down the hill and then have the cruise control apply up to full throttle to get up the hill. And using the resume acceleration function to increase speed is just as bad, as the computer will apply as much power as possible to accelerate the car.



Time...to un-pimp...ze auto!
25 Cadet57 : Thats what I do now. every friday, 30 bucks in, takes 35... done for the week.
26 Cadet57 : Thats what I do now. every friday, 30 bucks to the clerk, 25 tops it off, done for the week.
27 L-188 : Well get as much weight out of the car as possible. The lighter the car is the less work the engine has to do. Keep the tires inflated properly...Neve
28 StarAC17 : Only if it has Firestone tires on it, which is what I assume your talking about. I'll have to remember to do this because I just usually put it in ne
29 FlyMIA : Well first Ffis34 lives in Tampa so dont need to worry about any hills. And yea cruise control wont be good if your stoping at lights and press the r
30 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : I suggest this package. You can ride one during the day and the other after school Not so easy in the US. Diesel isn't sold everywhere and often you
31 ShyFlyer : My thoughts exactly. I have a 50cc scooter and get anywhere from 50 to 55 miles per gallon. The savings in gas over the past year have covered the sc
32 RwSEA : You're 16 so you must be in high school. Ride the school bus. Carpool with friends. Walk. Ride a bike. There's plenty of options, but I'm guessing yo
33 ShyFlyer : Really? I can only speak for the southwest, but everywhere I've gotten gas I've seen at least one Diesel pump.
34 Post contains images Boeingfanyyz : Cheers, Boeingfanyyz
35 Scott2187 : reading > you. it may not be cool to do, but get a bicycle.. it will save a ton in gas not driving to school or work.. a vespa is another good invest
36 FLYtoEGCC : If you must have a car, sell the one you have and get a small one with a small, fuel efficient engine. A 16 year old still at school just does not nee
37 Fokker Lover : Put the seats back in and start charging your friends to haul them around. All of the savings mentioned above are so small you won't even notice them.
38 Tu204 : Umm, does the Dodge have rear wheel drive? Umm, call me stupid, but I think that removing alot of weight from the rear of the car isn't the best idea
39 EWS : Shyphen next doors fuel out, i used to do it when i had my first car.. Lew
40 PHLBOS : The Dodge Caravan's been FWD since its inception (back in 1984). What kind of vehicle are you driving that gets that horrific mileage? Sounds like a
41 Highpeaklad : Are these figures real? I thought I was hard done to only getting 35 mpg , but 9 !! Chris
42 Post contains images Cadet57 : But now you have that nice little focus, wont need to.... as much
43 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Quite possibly. Remember American cars don't come with engines smaller than about 4.0litres The only time I've managed to get below 10mpg was in a 5
44 Post contains images EWS : Well might have to resort back to that soon! Depends on the cash flow.. and when she next fills up! Lew
45 Post contains images Cadet57 : Get this, mine does! Its like some miracle of engineering! its 3.1L's
46 FlyMIA : I drive a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8. 4.2L 310hp V8. Top speed around 140mph. 312lbs of torque. Also the Touareg empty with no fuel or passengers wie
47 Lfutia : buy your gas in the early morning or late at night, gas is more dense which means, more gas for your dollar as opposed to daylight which means less ga
48 L-188 : It is true that fuel expands and contracts with tempertures, with the amount that most people by with their cars, it doesn't make that much of a diff
49 Post contains links and images EmiratesA345 : Wow!! You should definitely work for Ryanair or Southwest! I was going to suggest using this: ...but you've already ruled it out. Mark
50 PHLBOS : A VW w/a V8 that gets the same if not worse mileage than a '70s Detroit luxoboat. Who would've that VW would offer such a car 25, 20, 10, or even 5 y
51 SATX : The single largest impact on my car's mileage is the speed I drive at and how much of a heavy foot I have. The second biggest impact is the tire press
52 MrChips : In a way, it is. Volkswagen means "people's car" in German, but it's not a homonym for "Folks Wagon" by any means. With a bit of work, you'd be supri
53 PHLBOS : While that may be, no doubt, possible; the likelihood of encountering an off-the-shelf American subcompact/compact with such an engine/modifications
54 FlyMIA : VW is not only the cheaper family car anymore or the good first car. They have some nice cars. The Touareg comes in a 3.2l V6 and 4.2l V8 like to one
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