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Fuel Saving Tips for Your Diesel Car Or Truck

Owning a diesel car or truck can help you save a lot of money on fuel. Due to the ever increasing rise in petrol prices the demand for fuel efficient cars is at an all time high. As a diesel engine saves up to one third fuel per mile than petrol powered engines, it is considered to be very fuel efficient. By using higher compression ratios and higher combustion temperatures, diesels operate more efficiently. Consequently, diesel vehicles attain better fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts. This gas mileage advantage is enhanced because a gallon of diesel fuel contains about 10% more energy than a gallon of gasoline. Both of these factors help modern direct-injection diesels achieve roughly 50% higher fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts. With gas prices hanging over our heads like a dark cloud, we need more efficient vehicles on the road, and today’s diesel can deliver.

If you are smart enough to have purchased one of today’s diesel trucks and enjoy the savings that come with it, here are a few tips that will squeeze a few more miles out of every gallon of fuel.

Diesel trucks can save you money, if driven carefully taking care in consideration your speed. Driving faster generates more power, using more fuel. Exceeding 40 mph forces your auto to overcome tremendous wind resistance. Traveling at 55 mph gives you up to 21% better mileage when compared to speeds of 65 mph and 70 mph. The 55 mile per hour speed limit set a few years back is still the most efficient speed for most vehicles. Driving 65 mph instead of 75 mph will increase your gasoline economy by about 10 percent. You can save a considerably large amount by slowing down a few miles an hour. You can keep your speed at the posted limit, while driving on the highway thereby saving about 20% of diesel.

If you keep your vehicle moving without having to stop, you can save diesel, which in turn saves you some money on fuel. Think ahead to anticipate stops so your vehicle can coast down. Utilize your cars forward coasting motion to your benefit. Accelerating hard and braking hard wastes gas, increases pollution, and wears out your brakes. Take off slowly from a full stop. Do not accelerate fast from a stop light! Driving in congested traffic or starting and stopping the car very often while driving will end up in using more diesel than that spent by staying in steady motion. You can try to find out some alternate routes to aid in saving fuel.

Air conditioners in the diesel cars and trucks use a lot of power. The A/C takes about 8 horsepower to run and that uses more gas. At low speeds and stop and go traffic, it costs less to drive with the windows down, but on the highway, using an air conditioner is cheaper. On a long trip on the open highway, it is better to use the A/C than to drive with the windows open. The extra drag of open windows on a vehicle can eat up more gasoline than the A/C. Air conditioning is a super drain on your engine’s efficiency, so turn it off when you can.

Keep Your Engine Tuned Up—if you keep your engine well tuned, it is good way to stretch your gas dollar. An engine that grinds for ten seconds before firing up wastes gas. New spark plugs and a new air filter are very important for complete combustion. Replacing clogged filters can increase gas mileage up to ten percent. Tuning your engine according to your owner’s manual can increase gas mileage by an average of four percent. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can improve your gas mileage by changing your oil in accordance with the manufactures schedule and recommended grade of motor oil— Motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel economy.

Consider a Gas Saving Additive—some additives boast they can increase your horse power, increase your gas mileage by up to 25%. Many claim to they help cut down on emissions to benefit the environment. They also clean your fuel system and combustion chamber. They come in a pill, a liquid and a powder form. They are generally added to your gas tank and then you fill up your vehicle with gas.

Tire Pressure—this is often over looked or put often since it is inconvenient. Under inflated tires are not only a driving hazard, but they burn more gas. Keeping your tires properly inflated is an easy way to improve your gas mileage. Look in your owners’ manual and see what the recommended tire pressures are.

Don’t be a drag— loaded car racks or beds will increase wind resistance and reduce mileage so use them sparingly or at a last resort. Install a bed cover on your truck to make it more aerodynamic. Air rushes over the cover and off the back of the truck, instead of into the bed, where it pushes on the tailgate and creates drag.

If your vehicle is too heavy, the engine needs to work harder to move the vehicle. Clean Out Your Trunk and Back Seat. The extra weight you are carrying for various reasons is just reducing your gas mileage, especially when driving up inclines. Cleaning out will come back to you as extra miles per tank full. An extra 100 pounds in your trunk reduces gasoline economy by about 1 percent. Reduce the unnecessary weight in your car and save money on fuel period.

Following just a few of these tips can help you conserve fuel—the money you save on gas and diesel fuel can be put away or spent by you instead of handing it over to the oil companies—maybe you can stop the Benjamin’s from flying out of your wallet every week.

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