1. Avoid prolonged warming up of
engine, even on cold mornings – 30 to 45 seconds is
plenty of time.
2. Be sure the automatic choke is disengaged
after engine warm up… chokes often get stuck,
resulting in bad gas/air mixture.
3. Don’t start and stop engine needlessly.
Idling your engine for one minute consumes the gas
amount equivalent to when you start the engine.
4. Avoid “revving” the engine, especially
just before you switch the engine off; this wastes
fuel needlessly and washes oil down from the inside
cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.
5. Eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate
slowly when starting from dead stop. Don’t push
pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel.
This allows carburetor to function at peak
HOW TO BUY
6. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day –
early morning or late evening is best. During these
times gasoline is densest. Keep in mind – gas pumps
measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel
concentration. You are charged according to “volume
7. Choose type and brand of gasoline
carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater
economy because of better quality. Use the brands
which “seem” most beneficial.
8. Avoid filling gas tank to top. Overfilling
results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill
gas tank past the first “click” of fuel nozzle, if
nozzle is automatic.
HOW TO DRIVE
9. Exceeding 40 mph forces your auto
to overcome tremendous wind resistance.
10. Never exceed legal speed limit. Primarily
they are set for your traveling safety, however
better gas efficiency also occurs. Traveling at 55
mph gives you up to 21% better mileage when compared
to former legal speed limits of 65 mph and 70 mph.
11. Traveling at fast rates in low gears can
consume up to 45% more fuel than is needed.
12. Manual shift driven cars allow you to
change to highest gear as soon as possible, thereby
letting you save gas if you “nurse it along”.
However, if you cause the engine to “bog down”,
premature wearing of engine parts occurs.
13. Keep windows closed when traveling at
highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag,
reducing your mileage by 10%
14. Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding
up wastes fuel. Also avoid tailgating – the driver
in front of you is unpredictable. Not only is it
unsafe, but if affects your economy, if he slows
15. Think ahead when approaching hills. If
you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not
while you’re on it.
16. Do not rest left foot on floor
board pedals while driving. The slightest pressure
puts “mechanical drag” on components, wearing them
down prematurely. This “dragging” also demands
additional fuel usage.
17. Avoid rough roads whenever possible,
because dirt or gravel rob you of up to 30% of your
18. Use alternate roads when safer, shorter,
straighter. Compare traveling distance differences –
remember that corners, curves and lane jumping
requires extra gas. The shortest distance between
two points is always straight.
19. Stoplights are usually timed for your
motoring advantage. By traveling steadily at the
legal speed limit you boost your chances of having
the “green light” all the way.
20. Automatic transmissions should be allowed
to cool down when your car is idling at a
standstill, e.g. railroad crossings, long traffic
lights, etc. Place gear into neutral position. This
reduces transmission strain and allows transmission
21. Park car so that you can later begin to
travel in forward gear; avoid reverse gear maneuvers
to save gas.
22. Regular tune-ups ensure best economy;
check owner’s manual for recommended maintenance
intervals. Special attention should be given to
maintaining clean air filters… diminished air flow
increases gas waste.
23. Inspect suspension and chassis parts for
occasional misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, bad
shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and
are unsafe at high traveling speeds.
24. Remove snow tires during good weather
seasons; traveling on deep tire tread really robs
25. Inflate all tires to maximum limit. Each
tire should be periodically spun, balanced and
checked for out-of-round. When shopping for new
tires, get large diameter tires for rear wheels.
Radial designs are the recognized fuel-savers; check
manufacturer’s specifications for maximum tire
26. Remove vinyl tops – they cause air drag.
Rough surfaces disturb otherwise smooth air flow
around a car’s body.
Bear in mind when buying new cars that a fancy sun
roof helps disturb smooth air flow (and mileage).
27. Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel
economy by 10% to 20%. Heater fan, power windows and
seats increase engine load; the more load on your
engine, the less miles per gallon.
28. Remove excess weight from trunk or inside
of car – extra tires, back seats, unnecessary heavy
parts. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially when
driving up inclines.
29. Car pools reduce travel monotony and gas
expense – all riders chip in to help you buy.
Conversation helps to keep the driver alert. Pooling
also reduces traffic congestion, gives the driver
easier maneuverability and greater “steady speed”
economy. For best results, distribute passenger
weight evenly throughout car.
30. During cold weather watch for icicles
frozen to car frame. Up to 100 lbs. can be quickly
Unremoved snow and ice cause tremendous wind
resistance. Warm water thrown on (or hosed on) will
eliminate it fast.
Install pressure regulator valve (sold in auto parts
stores)… Use graphite motor oil… Beware of oil
additives, regardless of advertising claims… Add
Marvel Mystery Oil into gas fill-ups… Investigate
fuel/water injection methods and products… combine
short errands into one trip… Use special gas
additives to prevent winter freezing of gas lines!