Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 16, 2008—Give Yourself a 10% Discount on Gas


Consider This for June 16, 2008—Give Yourself a 10% Discount on Gas

I can show you a surefire way to save 10% on your gasoline bill. All you have to do is slow down.

I had read about this and finally tried it over the past couple of weeks. I have done this now with two tanks of gas and have consistently saved 10% on the amount of gas I have used.

There is a new challenge out there where many people are becoming hypermilers. They claim to improve their gas mileage to as high as 50 miles per gallon using some very strange methods.

Mine is quite simple. Never ever drive over 55 miles an hour. I am serious. My gas mileage on my 2004 Honda Accord went from 30 miles per gallon to 33 miles per gallon on both tanks of gas. That means that at $4.00 a gallon for gas I am saving 40 cents a gallon. I am getting the equivalent of $3.60 a gallon gas by only changing one thing that did not cost me one penny.

Some of us are old enough to remember “Alive at 55” where the speed limit dropped from 75 miles per hour down to 55 miles per hour because of the energy crisis of 1973. Two things happened. One was that we consumed a lot less gas and the fatal accident rate dropped by 10 per cent. When that happened 50 less people died in Colorado as a result of reduced speeds.

Of course over the years the speed limit crept back up again where there are places in Colorado where you can legally drive 75 miles an hour. The fatal accident rate went back up and the gas consumption went up also.

I saw a piece on TV last week about President Bush going to Saudi Arabia to plead with the king to increase the supply of crude oil to drop prices. The king refused and the commentator reminded us that some of the massive amount of Saudi Oil money is being paid to Islamic terrorist groups to keep them from attacking Saudi Arabia. That money is being directly funneled to terrorists in Syria, Iran and Iraq according to that report.

Now you could say that if you drive a gas guzzling SUV that gets 10 miles to the gallon or less and you are paying $4.00 a gallon and you drive at 65 miles per hour or more you are indirectly financing terrorism. Now you could say that but I will let you decide that one for yourself.

In summary, here are some other tips that are out there to save gas. Keep in mind that I am not recommending any of these other than slowing down. All have been gleaned from the Internet and various media sources.

Never make a left turn. If you only make right turns you do not have to stop. (Seems I just wrote about that bad habit.) Drive with no shoe on your right foot so you can feel the amount of pressure you are using on the pedal. Never use your brakes. Put your car in neutral going downhill. (This one is illegal in Colorado because you lose the braking power of your engine.) Always pull through a parking space so you do not have to back up to get out. Backing up is like breaking and is a negative factor in saving gas.

Never roll down your windows because it increases the resistance caused by the car. Never use your air conditioner because it dramatically reduces your gas mileage. (Now imagine all of the hot sweaty people driving around on a 90 degree day with their windows rolled up and the air conditioning turned off. Yuck.) Keep your vehicle clean as the dirt on your car causes resistance. Turn off your car when you stop for a light. (Another dangerous thing.)

The latest reports indicate that the top price for gas in the near term will be $6.00 a gallon. By then I am sure that you will have come up with some great ideas of your own and some of you might actually start walking and taking public transportation.

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