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Gas Prices on the Rise, What to do?

Thursday, August 30th 2012. | Review

We realize of course that prices have been high for years now and that this topic has been beaten to death, but first of all this blog doesn’t have an article of this nature and I feel it is important that the info is available here and on top of that it can never help to freshen one’s memory on the subject as it directly affects your bank account.

I got in my car and drove to work this morning to find gas at $4.09, crossing that $4 barrier, we would all like to stay under. An increase in gas prices hits everyone in more ways than one. It’s not just the struggle of paying a premium at the pump these days. Truckers pay more for gas, which increases the cost of goods that we buy. But our vehicles are a good place to start to save money that we are loosing over these increases in prices of so much of the things that we buy. This being a Silverado blog, we’ll focus on what you can do to use less gas in our Chevy trucks.

1) Common Sense
Over the past years I’ve found myself taking it easier when driving, I like anyone, like to feel the power of my vehicle. But you hardly ever need it. Saving money at the pump all comes down to patience. Lets say your commute is 20 miles. Going 75mph vs. 70mph is not going to save you a lot of time on your daily commute. So slow it down (you may get there in 20 minutes, rather than 19 minutes, big deal right?). Also don’t pass aggressively or accelerate onto the highway any faster than you need to. Doing both of those will really help to bring your averages up. When you get off the highway and onto surface roads, if you see a red light, get your foot off the go-pedal! All you’ll do is get to a red light faster if you keep the gas on. Also keep the truck as light as possible, anything you aren’t using, leave it in the garage!

2) Aftermarket Parts
You can gain some efficiency by installing a few aftermarket parts. There is many available for the Chevy Silverado, These include and air-intake, more free-flowing exhaust or lower rolling resistance tires. Apart from the tires these parts have a tendency to make you drive faster, because lets face it, they do make the truck sound awesome don’t they? But it will also negate any gains you might have expected, you may even get worse mileage! Also depending on your engine, it may not even be a good idea to put these parts on in name of more mpg’s. The lower rolling resistance tires, however, will do a lot to increase your mpg’s, they may not look the meanest, but they’ll get your there with less fuel used.

3) Programmer
You may have heard of programming your truck. It hooks up to the computer of your vehicle and can adjust all sorts of parameters to make your truck more powerful, fuel efficient or help towing capabilities. I’ve heard people can really get some great results with these and they are worth the effort to research for your particular truck.

4) Keep Track
By this I mean, you should keep track of your fuel mileage. I for one write my odometer reading on every receipt I get for gas. I then take those receipts home and enter the data on them over at fuelly.com (you can also reset your trip meter at every fuel-up, if you prefer). It lets me see how my mileage changes over time, it lets me see how my driving habits affect my mileage and it gives me the motivation to chase those mpg’s! You may have an mpg display in your car, but by far and away the most accurate way is to divide miles driven by the gallons used to do so.  (miles traveled since last fuel up / gallons used to fill the tank back up = Miles Per Gallon)

When it comes down to it, applying the “common sense” suggestions, otherwise known as driving like a granny or like you have egg on your pedal is the easiest way to spend less on gas or diesel. There is no upfront cost, it just takes discipline and I personally have seen great gains from applying these tips. Now if you drive a lot investing some money into gaining MPG’s might also be worth taking a look at! You may also decide on your next tire change to go for the more fuel efficient tires. If you have anymore questions feel free to browse over to the “contact us” page and ask any questions!

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