Save Money On Gas: Avoid These 12 Gas Saving Myths

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With gas prices once again on the rise, more and more people will be looking for ways to save money on gas. In their pursuit to achieve this goal, they very well may end up hurting their pocket book. Many people assume that they are saving money on gas when they really aren’t. Here are some common gas saving myths that people still do to their detriment:

Trading in a Gas Guzzler for a Fuel Efficient Car

OK, this will save you gas, but it won’t necessarily save you any money. In fact, there is a good chance that while you are saving money on gas, you’ll lose money overall making this move. The issue is that when gas prices get high, everyone is looking to trade-in their ga

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5 Responses to Save Money On Gas: Avoid These 12 Gas Saving Myths

  1. bobebob says:

    I can beat the gas prices in the picture:
    http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/8/3/8/600_22342584.jpeg

    If picture doesn’t come out, it was taken in Furnace Creek in Death Valley and prices were:
    $5.409 for Reg
    $5.510 for Plus
    $5.629 for Supream and
    $5.779 for Diesel

  2. Old Man says:

    I have a better solution you just take the engine out of the car
    and the gas tank plus muffler an pipes. Go online and buy an
    Electric motor kit AC or DC install and forget the price of gas

  3. Frügal says:

    What actually works? Changing your driving habits can save you a LOT! I am saving over $600/yr by driving more efficiently.

    Here is a post from my old blog that gives a LOT of information:
    http://urabbit.savingadvice.com/2011/08/22/save-at-the-pump_75949/

  4. Marcus says:

    > The best course of action is to choose the least expensive gas on your regular route where you don’t have to deviate from where you were going to be going anyway.

    Completely agree, that’s why I built FuelMyRoute.com, a new gas prices web site that finds the lowest gas prices along a route.

  5. Ronald J. says:

    Yep, we’re pretty good at deceiving ourselves with obsolete information passed down from days-gone-by in the automotive world. It’s difficult to dispute just about anything mentioned above, but I still think a dirty air filter forces the computer to reduce the fuel mixture causing loss of power and performance. As the engine gets “lazy” due to reduced gasoline
    injected (which matches reduced airflow), the driver will apply more throttle in order to achieve the desired speed. It’s a never-ending loop of reduced engine performance v/s driver demands. Oh, there’s no need to scrutinize/replace the air filter element on a pre-determined, personal schedule unless driving conditions warrant it. It is a good idea to take a look at it once in awhile, especially if the vehicle is driven in dusty/harsh conditions other than suburban Americana. Obviously, many areas of the USA are much more engine UNFRIENDLY than others. Let local driving conditions help to determine what really is needed on this subject.

    As for VAPOR RECOVERY systems at filling stations…the recovery system WILL NOT suck liquid fuel back into the station’s tanks. Even the slightest hint of liquid fuel being pulled back into the recovery system causes the pump handle to “TRIP OFF”. I worked in a convenience store/gas station for 6 years and studied the vapor recovery system’s workings. This is just a “boogie man” myth created to demonize gas stations when the price of gasoline takes a spike. Hell, we’ve got to blame somebody for our woes, so the first entity to feel our wrath is the local gas station or the affiliated oil company! It’s got nothing to do with our insatiable demand for petroleum based fuels!

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