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Gas Saving Myths

Local Mechanic Brandon Lee Local Mechanic Brandon Lee

The price at the pump continues to be a pain with no relief in the near future. Gas is expected to go way beyond four dollars by the end of the summer. It seems as if everyone has a quick fix on how to save on fuel such as using gas additives or cutting off your air conditioning to use your windows, which can cause an aerodynamic drag.

As well intentioned as the advice may seem... It's not going to cut your gas bill. Local mechanic Brandon Lee says, "Up front it looks like your saving gas. In the long run you'll spend more".

Myths are running rampant on how to stretch your gas dollar these days.

Like filling your tank in the morning because of the density of fluids, or over inflating your tires. Lee explains, "It's a myth that tires roll smoother that the engine doesn't have to work as hard rolling down the road,"

Some more myths are purchasing a higher octane fuel. Most engines are designed to take regular unleaded gasoline, which has an octane rating of 87. Using higher octane premium gas in an engine that is designed to run on regular doesn't improve performance. Even engines where it's recommended you use premium gas can run on regular without any problems.

Gas rebate cards can give you anywhere from 3 to 5 percent rebate on your fill-up, which can give you some value. Credit Counselors advise you to be cautious, there are underlining fees on those cards.

Mechanics say a sure fire way to save gas is regular maintenance, "Three  major things: use the proper air pressure. Make sure your car is tuned up. Replace your fuel filter and air filter" Lee says. "Just simple items you should be doing any ways will go along way a lot further then myths of additives and everything" he added to help conserve on fuel.

If someone has any questions about what is good or bad advice, consult a mechanic. Lee advises, "You can take it anywhere. Ask people before you purchase it. Make sure they haven't seen any problems".

One of the biggest fuel savers is driving the speed limit. The department of energy estimates you can save anywhere from 15 to 98 cents a gallon.

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