Keep your tires properly inflated.
There are a number of easy things you can do to get better gas mileage in your car. As another respondent said, keeping your tires properly inflated to the appropriate pressure will help reduce friction and increase efficiency. In addition, taking ski or luggage racks off the top or back of the car when they’re not in use will really help reduce wind resistance, thus reducing gas usage. Another good tip is to reduce the amount of drag on the vehicle by driving with the windows up whenever driving at high speeds, such as on a freeway. With the windows up, the car is more streamlined and there isn’t wind turbulence being created by air moving through the vehicle instead of around it. Be sure to only use the air conditioning sparingly when the windows are up so as not to negate the gas savings you’re trying to achieve.
One extremely useful way to improve gas mileage on any internal combustion engine (although I’m not entirely sure about its legality in every state) is to add what’s known as a hydrolyzer. A hydrolyzer pumps filtered water mixed with baking soda from a seperate reservoir under the hood through electrically charged copper plates, breaking down the water into hydrogen and oxygen, and adding them to the car’s intake. These gasses help with engine combustion and, after some slight adjustments, can increase ones gas mileage from 10 to 15%. Hydrolysers are simple to build and can be istalled without needing all that much knowlege about cars.
Here, take a gander: http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/autos_and_vehicles/watch/v6553227qnwxhfQZ
There are plenty of ways to reduce a vehicle’s gas consumption. One of the most often elements to increasing mileage is friction. Friction not only addresses tire/road friction but also atmospheric or air/vehicle friction. Keeping your tires inflated readily addresses the issue of tire/road friction. And, as a corollary, avoid bumpy roads. However, the more complicated issue of air/vehicle friction can be addressed in many ways; some that have been addressed above.
Specifically, keeping your car as aerodynamic as possible is, by far, the most effective way to reduce drag, and thereby decreasing gas consumption and increasing mileage. These include the method mentioned already, keeping the vehicle’s windows up, as well as other, often overlooked ways can improve aerodynamics. This includes keeping your vehicle washed. Much has been debated about how “golf-balling” a car, that is, allowing a dirty surface to act as dimples as on a golf ball, provides increased aerodynamics. However, the irregularity of these surface imperfections only creates drag as air particles are disrupted by the particles. As a fervent Mythbusters viewer, this issue was demonstrated here.
There are also techniques that facilitate the practice of keeping a vehicle’s window raised such as driving during cool times of day. Little things like following tire tracks can reduce rolling resistance. Of course, there are other methods, not related to the question of friction, that can increase fuel efficiency. I’ve listed a great link filled with ideas below. Even mood can affect fuel consumption. I’ve also included the Mythbusters link with a number of fuel efficiency questions for your edification including the theory that, if your a pickup truck driver, you should drive with your tailgate down to increase aerodynamic efficiency. BUSTED!
Sorry, the full episode is: http://www.megavideo.com/?v=0G88MBCS
It’s quite enlightening. Especially when it’s found that dimpling a car INCREASES mileage. Why don’t all cars look like golf balls?
A few ways that you can reduce friction and increase gas mileage have to do with reducing momentum loss and changing speeds gradually. Basically, this will reduce friction of acceleration and braking. Instead of acceleration quickly you should accelerate gradually. Then avoid braking when possible to use momentum and avoid losing energy as heat to friction.
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