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4 gas-saving ‘tips’ that don’t work

hudsonautocare.com -- Advice such as buying gasoline in the cool of the morning or leaving the tailgate down has been tried — with disappointing results.

There are a lot of smart ways to save on gas. For instance, you can use a website such as GasBuddy to find cheaper gas stations in your area, buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle or drive less aggressively so your car uses less gas.

These are all proven methods for reducing how much you need to budget for gas, but there are other widely used methods that don’t pass the smell test. Here are a few:


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Submitted Jul 27, 2012 By: leemun
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 5:09:21 AM

Do anything to avoid rush hour
52MPG
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 11:30:05 PM

Gas Buddy is the best way to save on gas.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:08:59 PM

keeping the tailgate down on the truck i used to have may not have helped the mileage, but it sure helped stabilize it going down the freeway as there was a smooth airflow in the back.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 7:52:01 PM

Nothing new here.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 6:58:01 PM

Seems like we Americans are trying to scrimp & save; what about the other big nations across the world?
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:15:25 PM

Best way to save gas is just don't drive as much!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 1:54:21 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 12:54:30 PM

interesting
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:03:27 AM

You've got that wrong GetMax. They proved that AC on at highway speeds actually saves you gas. Yes if you are in stop and go traffic you use more gas but not necessarily because of AC.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:57:10 AM

I don't believe much of what PM or Mythbusters says.

I let my ScanGauge tell me which gas saving tips are working, it doesn't lie and has no bias.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:45:42 AM

Mythbusters proved that AC does use more gas than having the windows down.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:01:19 AM

Well being from the real world, the one that I would dispute is tire pressure. Turn wrench for over 25 years and proper tire inflation is important. I have seen by adding 3psi to recommended tire inflation can increase your mile per gallon by as much as 2-3 mph. And no, I am not stating to inflate your tires over the recommend pressure which can be unsafe, just try a few psi over what the recommend tire pressure from the car manufacture.(Check the max pressure rating on the tire, do not exceed it) and you will see a little increase in mileage. Highway mileage, not in town driving.



[Edited by: Shadowwarrior at 7/27/2012 10:06:14 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:56:54 AM

good points.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:38:32 AM

I do buy in the morning because of less people at the pumps and the price does seem to rise by the time I get off work.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 7:57:31 AM

Good article - except that I lose a couple of mpg by running the a/c. I just look at it as a cost of living in the desert.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 7:40:27 AM

Good article.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 6:05:15 AM

ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:41:04 AM

Ok. Duhhhh!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:38:30 AM

Good info.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:36:49 AM

I can increase my MPG by 10-15% by driving 65 on the freeway and not using my a/c.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:33:17 AM

Stay home
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Drive smartly, it is the smart thing to do.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 4:12:19 AM

Common sense!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:54:27 AM

Glad those myths were busted.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:45:35 AM

the two easiest ways to save on gas... other than not driving... is to inflate tires to their correct pressure, and then reduce the pressur e of out foot on the gas pedal... i have done thi and save 12+ % on my consumption!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:24:31 AM

Lol! One would think that most GasBuddies, by virtue of our interest in fuel economy, already know and understand that these 'tips' don't work.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:13:56 AM

Yuuuup!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:12:43 AM

Dont drive to the corner store!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:38:44 AM

Good info
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:37:29 AM

DUH !!!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:34:10 AM

More common sense stuff...
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:32:54 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:31:41 AM

How do you know who to believe?
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:30:24 AM

good to get these myths "BUSTED!"
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:30:05 AM

Use common sense.
Fuel stored underground is always about 60 degrees F give or take a couple of degrees.
Think about all the gimics people waste money on to save gas.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:28:17 AM

Properly inflated tires save gas.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:27:34 AM

Read it.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:24:51 AM

Hate to say it but they are dead wrong on the A/C one. I consistently get around 10 MPG more by turning off the A/C. Depends on your vehicle of course, but at least for me, that is a huge difference.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:17:58 AM

Ok
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yay
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Common Knowledge
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I think what matters is that you are doing what you believe works for you.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:11:38 AM

Very True.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:07:55 AM

Mostly common sense
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Ok
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Mostly common sense.
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Good common sense.
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OK.
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good to know
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 1:58:01 AM


I guess some people can't read. It says,

"Yes, it’s true underinflated tires lead to decreased mileage, so you should make sure your tires are properly inflated for fuel efficiency and safety reasons"

The point it is making is that OVER inflation does not cause any significant gains beyond that.

So Obama was right and you are not.
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