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How to Save on GAS

According to the US Federal government, the way you drive can affect fuel economy by up to 33%. At a GAS price of $5/Gallon this amounts to $1.65/Gallon wasted.

If you drive 20 miles per day with a car that has 20 MPG (Miles/Gallon) rating , you could save up to $50/Month.

If you drive 40 miles per day with a car that has 20 MPG (Miles/Gallon) rating , you could save up to $100/Month.

Let CarShield help you save money on GAS by making simple ajustments to your driving habits. We will also help you save on repairs.

Driving More Efficiently
Keeping Your Car In Shape

Drive Sensibly

Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.

CarShield monitors speed, acceleration and deceleration for each trip and compares fuel consumtion and MPG to create tips as to what you can do to save on GAS

frustrated driver
Fuel Economy Benefit: 5–33%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.18–$1.18/gallon

Observe the Speed Limit

While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.

You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.29 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer.

CarShield monitors GAS consumption for a range of speeds providing you information about optimum speed for highway driving and where GAS is consumed most.

Graph showing MPG VS speed MPG decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph
Fuel Economy Benefit: 7–23%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.25–$0.83/gallon

Remove Excess Weight

Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.

Excess items in trunk
Fuel Economy Benefit: 1–2%/100 lbs
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.04–$0.07/gallon

Avoid Excessive Idling

Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle. Turning your engine on and off excessively, however, may increase starter wear.

'Stop Idling' Sign
Fuel Cost Savings: $0.01–$0.03/min. (AC off)
$0.02–$0.04/min. (AC on)

Use Cruise Control

Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Use Overdrive Gears

When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.

cruise control

Note: Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $3.59/gallon. Some of this information is provided by www.fueleconomy.gov

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