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Updated Automatically on March 14th, 2010
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Getting the best gas mileage is harder during the winter. Here are a few simple things you can do to improve your winter gas mileage.

Maintain your car. Check your tires to make sure they have plenty of tread. Slipping tires are dangerous and they waste gas. Ask your car dealer or mechanic if you can use a lighter weight oil during the winter to reduce friction and save gas. Consider using a low-friction or synthetic oil to save gas. If it’s been awhile since you changed your air filter, check your owners manual to find the recommended changing interval. A new air filter can greatly improve your gas mileage. Consider an after-market low restriction air filter system. Not only can these improve your gas mileage, but they often come with permanent filter media that can be washed or cleaned and reused. The higher cost of the after-market filter can be offset by not having to buy new air filters.

Check your tire pressure. As the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure. Low tire pressure is one of the most common causes of poor gas mileage and it can also wear your tires quicker and make your car handle badly. Check your tires regularly with a tire pressure gauge and make sure they’re at the manufacturer’s recommended settings. To find the recommended settings look in your owners manual or open your driver’s door and look for a sticker on the rear of the door near the latch mechanism. Some cars have different recommended pressures for the front and rear tires. Don’t overinflate your tires because that can make them wear out quicker and make your car handle poorly.

Don’t run your car’s engine to warm it up. This is a common way people waste gas in the winter. See your owners manual for recommended warm-up time for your car. It’s usually less than a minute and often less than 15 seconds. Running your car’s engine longer wastes gas. If you live in a very cold climate, install an electric block heater to pre-heat your car’s engine. Consider bundling up in warmer clothes if comfort is an issue. If you’re out shopping, park in a sunny spot and let nature help keep your car warm for your return.

Clear all ice and snow off your car before you start driving. In addition to being a lot of extra weight to haul around, ice and snow can increase wind resistance which also hurts gas mileage. Also make sure you’re not dragging around any more weight than absolutely necessary by removing unneeded items from your trunk.

Remove your roof rack. If you use a roof rack for skis, snowboards, or other items, remove the rack when you’re not using it to reduce wind resistance. If you must leave the rack on, at least remove the equipment from the rack to minimize the mileage drop. Consider using an aerodynamic box-style container on your roof rack for your winter sports equipment. If you transport sports gear or other items in your trunk or inside your vehicle, remove them as soon as you’re done using them to save weight.

Avoid the drive-through. It’s convenient to use drive-through lanes for coffee, food, or banking, but all that sitting in line wastes gas. Park your car and brave the cold to walk inside the eatery or bank and you’ll save gas.

Bonus: Holiday gift suggestions to help save gas.

For those on a budget, an accurate dial-type tire pressure gauge should cost you less than $15. Even the entry-level digital gauges are less than $20. Of course if you want a professional-quality gauge with superior accuracy or a digital gauge that tells you your tire pressure audibly, you can spend considerably more.

If you’re shopping on a higher budget, consider a GPS navigator. These electronic marvels listen to radio signals from orbiting Global Positioning System satellites and calculate your location with amazing accuracy. They can display maps, give you step-by-step directions to your destination, and even tell you where to find the nearest restaurant, gas station, or hotel when you’re on the road. You’ll never have to worry about being lost and you’ll save gas by having a computerized navigator to direct you to your destination. The cost? An entry-level GPS navigator is well under $100 and they range from there to over $1000 for a top-of-the-line model.

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Updated Automatically on March 14th, 2010
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One Response to “Get Better Gas Mileage This Winter”

    This is sent because it involves my personal experience with a new fuel catalyst and what it can do. EnviroMax Plus

    I, myself, have a Geo Metro with the 1 Liter engine, that I use in urban driving. It began pinging or preignition knock about three years ago. I was going to a higher octane use with each year. Last year the Chip was checked and the timing. There was new plugs, plug wires, rotor and cap installed. Absolutely no change!

    This year I was at the highest premium gas that is available in my area, 91 Octane. I did not know what I would do next year as I would have to use octane boosters, very expensive and often do not work or resort to buying racing fuel.

    EnviroMax Plus came on the scene and I used it going to 87 Octane the first top off, no pinging or pre-ignition knock. Ran the 87 Octane for a few weeks and am now running 85 Octane. There is no ping or pre-ignition knock and the mileage is up. But, the greatest suprise is the power gain, the Geo runs with more power than the day I bought it used with 25,000 miles on the odometer. Today it has 115,000 miles and runs stronger and idles smoother than when purchased.

    A suprising side effect that I can not explain is that the Geo used to rattle a lot until warmed up in the winter, this started 3-4 years ago. When starting now the rattle is almost completely gone, and there is immediate strong power felt from the engine. This is an benefit for which I know no proper explanatin, yet, I must confess that I like it!

    Geo Metro Mileage previous - Urban driving - 35-38 MPG previous high speed higway mileage 45 mpg.
    Geo Merto Mileage last check - Urban driving 46.7 mpg
    last check high speed highway driving 56 mpg.

    Reid Smith of St. George has a 1995 Ford, 1 ton, big cab, long bed, Ford. diesel pickup truck. He used the EnviroMax Plus fuel catalyst and on his first road trip he drove to Salt Lake City, Utah form St. George, Utah and returned. I estimate that he drove over 700 miles. Reid personally told me that his fuel mileage went up 25% and he lost the black smoke.

    Reid also has a small Pontiac, which has a four cylinder engine. Reid Smith told me that before the use of EnviroMax Plus he was getting 25 mpg, he does drive fast, I have ridden in this car with him. He told me about the improvement in gas mileage. Reid said that he now gets 32 mpg form the same small Pontiac car.

    Roger H. Ensign of St. George, Utah. Roger bought a used Subaru, I now call it the Subaru Rocket. Roger’s car is a used 2004 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS, Out Outback, this is the big engine, with all wheel drive. As I remember the car had a little over 10,000 miles on it at purchase time, he is a personal friend so I would pick up on this, it has almost 14,000 miles at this writing.

    This is a especially interesting story as it demonstrates that engines can be like balky men, and not always respond quickly or in the manner one might wish.

    Roger put the Enviromax Plus into his tank and began his testing. After one week he said “nothing is happening”, After two weeks he said “nothing is happening”. Then Roger took a trip of about 600 miles in length and reported to me “nothing is happening” I told him to keep driving the car and using EnviroMax Plus.

    One week later Roger came up to me and said “I can not believe the difference, the car has better perfromance and really passes like a different car, I am gald that I bought this car”. He forgot to mention the seeming miricle, after waiting, produced by the EnviroMax Plus in his gas tank effecting the engine performance. I say now “a little dab will do ya, and away you go”.

    I Checked with Roger Ensign a few minutes ago and this is some of what he had to say. “If I jump on it it dosen’t only come on immediately (the engine) but does it have the power!”, “it was never like that before”, “before it seemed like I would have to wait for the engine to spool up and then come in with some power, but not now, the power is immediate” and “I am getting about the same in urban and city driving as I got on the highway before” ( using EnviroMax Plus) He said that he was gettting about 25 mpg on the highway at freeway+ speeds. At the last check his Subaru produced 26 mpg in urban and city driving. He has not taken a trip in which he has measured the highway mileage again, but you can bet it is up!

    Roger says that the car runs “much better than when he bought it”. The use of the EnviroMax Plus has made him extra happy with the Subaru.

    There are other stories but they are too space filling and I know that your time is limited. Suffice it to say the fuel catalyst works in all internal combustion engines, including two cycle engines. The fuel catalyst was tested in a diesel electric locomotive with an increase in fuel economy of 18.2%. All of the locomotives’s pollution emissions were cut very low, with less engine wear metal particles being found in the oil.

    Check the Web Site where there is a video by Johnny Rutherford, three time”Indy 500″ winner and co-developer of EnviroMax Plus fuel catalyst. This stuff is a major wonder in a bottle. Just add to the gas tank. I say “a little dab will do ya and away you go!”

    It is refreshing to be able to send inforation to you about real help, now. Happy motoring.

    Vic Shade

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