A car octane level is usually seen as the ability of the car to withstand shock that can lead to detonation. The higher the octane level, the higher the level of resistant to detonation. It’s important to note that the octane need of a car largely depends on operating condition, mechanical considerations, and compression ratio. For example, a car used constantly on a highway will require a higher octane level than one that runs only on the street. This is why race cars are mostly in need of high car octane levels. Read more
Sure, it’s fun to go on a long road trip this summer. Lounging at the beach with your friends seems nice, but the high prices of petrol may make you want to postpone those plans.
You don’t have to break your wallet, because there are several techniques for you to squeeze more mileage out of your gas tank.
Here’s a list of 10 tips to improve your car’s fuel efficiency:
1. Know your car’s recommended octane level.
Fuel economy starts with choosing the right fuel. There’s a myth going around that says your car becomes more fuel-efficient if you load up with fuel that has a different octane than what is recommended by your car’s manufacturer. Don’t believe that, though. A lower octane will make your engine work harder, and may cause damage to it. Then a higher octane is just a waste, because your car will not be able to take full advantage of it. Read your car’s manual so you can stick with what’s recommended.
I’m almost always startled whenever I hear the Low Fuel level sound comes on. I’m not sure if your car has the same sound, but it probably has the low fuel level light in your dashboard. Sometimes, I feel confident that I can still make it to the next gas station 25 miles away. But there are times that I start to panic, especially when traffic starts slowing down and then almost grinding to a halt!
But really, how many miles can you drive after your fuel light comes on?
You don’t need to guess now, thanks to a website called Tank on Empty.
If you go to that website, you can enter the make and model of your car to find out how many miles you can drive after the fuel light comes on. Here’s the average for most popular cars out there:
- Honda Accord: 46.85 miles
- Toyota Corolla: 45.69 miles
- Honda Civic: 43.35 miles
- Toyota Camry: 43.30 miles
- Mazda Miata: 35.75 miles
- Volkswagen Jetta: 44.70 miles
- Ford F-150: 39.06 miles
- Volkswagen Golf: 43.42 miles
- Chevrolet Silverado: 34.01 miles
I drive a 2007 Ford Escape Truck, and based on the website, it can run up to 35.41 miles on average after the fuel light turns on. A Kia Forte, on the other hand, runs up to 32.08 miles on average.
If you don’t want to head over to the website I mentioned above, check out the following chart from YourMechanic.com
Don’t run on empty!
If you are going on a long trip, you better plan for your stops and know long stretches of roads where you may not have access to a gas station. If you keep running on empty, or if you constantly run on very low fuel, the electric fuel pump may overheat and self-destruct. The reserve fuel in cars helps keep the pump submerged in fuel. If you do this, you may wrack around a $1000 in replacement costs. So better plan your trip and when your car warns you that it’s almost out of fuel, you better believe it.
Head to the next exit and look for a gas station!
Gas prices had declined in 2015. But that should not deter you from saving money on gas. For people who rely on their cars to move around from home to work, and to all the places we love to shop and visit, every penny saved on gas means extra money for ourselves. Who wouldn’t want to save money, right?
Thankfully, you can save some money through Kroger’s Plus Card. You can save as much as $1 per gallon up to 35 gallons! Read on to find out how: