Gas Saving Tips & Gas V Diesel
By: Ken Dunn
* Gas Saving Tips *
Are you tired of the continuing rise in gasoline price?
If you are, you're not alone. In this article, you'll find a few excellent tips designed to help you save a bit of your hard earned money.
First, its always best to purchase your gas either first thing in the morning or late at night. The reason for this is because gas is denser at a coldtemperature, so you'll basically be getting more for your money.
Secondly, check your local gas prices to find the best price available. You can check your local gas prices online as well, which will prevent you fromwasting gas while driving around to look for the best price.
By keeping your car well maintained, you can help improve fuel consumption. By simply tuning your car,you can decrease your fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.
Also, you should keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. Tires that are under inflated will cause fuel consumption to increase by 6 percent.
You should also make sure that you change your oil and air filters on a regular basis as well.Other tips to keep in mind are to drive by staying in the posted speed limits, as the faster you drive you will use more fuel.
Whenever possible you shoulduse overdrive, as this will help fuel and also improve the wear on your engine. You can also combine your errands by making a list of things that you have to do, as the more you cold start your engine, the more fuel you'll be using.
By taking the time to do these tips, you'll be amazed at just how much fuel you can save. Gas prices are becoming ridiculous these days, whichis why you want to do your part to converse little drop that you can.
* Gas Versus Diesel *
Cost: Due to the high compression ratios and resulting high cylinder pressure in diesel engines, they must be built to withstand a lot more punishmentthan gas engines. The parts that are spruced up include a thicker block and cylinder head, pistons, crankshaft and valves, which can be very costly.
When it comes to price, gas wins this one by far. Initally, a diesel vehicle costs a lot more to own - than gas, which is one of the main reasons why people tend to choose 'gas' over 'diesel'.
Fuel cost: Diesel fuel is easier to refine, taking less time to get from raw petroleum to the final product from gas, giving it a lower price than that of gas. On the other hand, within the United States, diesel is priced the same or just a bit below regular unleaded gas.
Noise and vibration: Despite many improvements in noise isolation and engine noise technology in trucks over the last 10 years, diesel is still louder and shakes more than a gasoline powered vehicles. At idle, the clatter and shake of a diesel vehicles is clearly noticeable, while it can be hard to tell if the gas engine is even running.
Cold weather: If you've tried to start a diesel engine on a cold day, you know that gas is by far easier to start. Diesels don't have spark plugs like gas engines do, as the fuel is ignited once it's injected into the cylinder that is already under pressure. When it gets cold, the air isn't hot enough to ignite the diesel fuel.
Maintenance: Maintenance on a diesel vehicle is more expensive, thanks to many things including the larger volume of oil in the engine and the fact that fuel filters and water separators must be serviced more often than gas vehicles. Gasoline engines have a bigger advantage due to extended service periods on spark plugs, engine oil, and even antifreeze.
Making that final choice between gas and diesel comes down to what you'll do with your vehicle and where you live. If you use your vehicle for quick, fast acceleration and rarely ever haul heavy loads, and you don't plan to keep your vehicle past 100,000 miles, you may want to consider buying a gasoline vehicle.Gas runs smoother, fuel is easier to find, and they are easier to start in cold weather.
On the other hand, if you plan to tow, and you value good fueleconomy, or you plan on racking up a lot of miles, then you'll want to buy a diesel.Price is also an important consideration, as diesel vehicles can be a bit more expensive than gas.
If you aren't worried about the price, then diesel may be your best bet. For trucks, diesel is by far the superior choice for those who like to haul heavy loads on a frequent basis.
HAPPY DRIVING :)
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