Gas Myths

Gas Myths Debunked!

We all want to save money every way we can, especially when it comes to our vehicle’s fuel intake. Here are some gas myths that will help you save more on fuel.

We hear all kinds of gas myths, and we hear them practically everyday, about the best ways to save better on our vehicle’s fuel economy. Almost to the point that it seems like everyone is a fuel economist/professional! Discover the truth and get your answers to some of these gas myths right here.

Driving a small car will get better fuel economy:

This might be true for older cars, but since the 2014 model year, midsize and large cars and wagons are making up about half of the top 10 most fuel efficient vehicles. Advance technologies in the automotive industry are allowing more standard-sized vehicles to be very fuel efficient.

Do manual transmissions get better fuel economy than automatics?

The newer technological advantages that are happening with the automatic transmissions are improving their efficiency so that the automatic often gets the same, or perhaps even better, fuel economy than a manual transmission. If you’re not convinced and you’d like to get more information about your car’s fuel economy please stop by our shop or call us and we can answer any questions you may have.
If you press the fuel nozzle only halfway, then you’re paying for gas you won’t get.

This is definitely a myth! Dispensers these days have a meter that can gauge whether the fuel is being pumped slowly or if it is being pumped fast. Well known fuel stations have their metering devices tested regularly for accuracy by the state and local regulatory agencies, so no worries.

Starting a car takes more fuel than if it were to idle.

If you were to let your vehicle idle it can use about a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour — depending on your vehicle’s engine size of course — which could be costing you a few cents per minute. If possible, turn your engine off when your vehicle is is in idle. Refrain from turning your vehicle on and off repeatedly though, because restarting your engine too frequently can wear out your starter. Starting your engine won’t take as much gas as you might think. This is due to our modern fuel injected engines which start more efficiently, especially when warmed up.

You’ll get more fuel if you fill up in the morning or at night.

The reason this may be thought of as true is due to the fuel being more dense when it’s cooler. The more dense the fuel, the more you can pack in. Density changes with temperature, and the underground storage tanks sit at about 15 to 20 feet below the surface, so the fuel is stored in and around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The chances of you getting a less dense gas during the day are very slim.
Fuel Economy decreases significantly with vehicle’s age.

This can be true if your vehicle is not properly maintained. A vehicle that is properly maintained will retain its efficiency for many years. The EPA has done many tests and has come up with the conclusion that vehicles that are 10, or even 15 years old, will experience little decrease in fuel economy, if properly maintained.

Does aggressive driving waste fuel?

Ah, now here’s a “so called” gas myth that is most certainly true. Yes, aggressive driving which is speeding, rapid acceleration and braking, does waste gas. It can lower your gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway, and by as much as 5% when you’re driving around town. Always, always, always use sensible driving. Being a sensible driver will be so much safer for you and for other drivers on the road. You may be saving far more than just gas but also other people safety and lives.

Using aftermarket additives will improve fuel economy.

EPA tests have shown that aftermarket additives won’t improve fuel economy, but they may damage your engine and/or increase your tailpipe emissions, not a good idea.

Using Premium fuel will improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Your car only needs premium if it calls for it. To know for sure, consult your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle needs premium fuel, otherwise you may not experience any benefit from using premium fuel over regular fuel. Have any more questions regarding gas myths? Gary’s Automotive will answer them. Visit our Facebook or our Twitter page, let us know your questions, and get answers- dont wait ask now!


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