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Tinkering with new mpg monitoring gadgets (not the “mega-efficient” gas savers he’s debunked time and again), PM’s senior auto editor reminds us of maybe the most obvious—if overlooked—advice when it comes to today’s hell at the pump: Believe you can save gas, and you will. Pick up a cheap toy for the garage, change your driving habits, and you’ll see more efficiency on your very next trip.
As an automotive writer, I get to test drive lots of hot new cars. But once my test drives are over, I slide back behind the wheel of a decidedly unfashionable, gas-sucking minivan. As fuel prices rocketed this past year, I found myself paying outlandish amounts to fill up my 2004 Chevy Venture and wondering what I could do to numb the pain.
Steve Chafe is a hypermiler — someone who tries to exceed his car’s EPA fuel economy rating.
Sure, you could just go out and buy a hybrid. Or trade in your sedan for a Schwinn. But beyond the expensive or impractical solutions, there are ways you can use your tech-savviness to stretch your gas dollar. Since you’re a PC Mag reader, you already know you’re smarter than most others on the road. So prove it by applying your geekiness to a good cause—keeping money in your pocketbook. Here are some of our favorite high-tech tips for saving gas, starting with the easy and working up to the truly geeky.
Enhance fuel efficiency: How is it that Linear Logic’s Scan Gauge 2, a car diagnostics computer — a patently unsexy gadget and not even new to boot — resides at the top of the sales charts of online retailer Amazon.com? Well, in light of rising gas prices, it seems consumers are finding any edge they can to combat fuel wastage; or as James Carville once said, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Hypermiling is changing your driving behavior to coax better gas mileage out of your car. Hypermilers do such things as drive slowly, brake as little as possible and limit their use of the air conditioner to save fuel.
The summer season of highway hell has officially arrived—and $4/gallon prices at the pump certainly aren’t making life on the road any easier. As the next generation of hypermilers develops new ways to hack your car’s fuel economy, our guest MPG geek breaks down the vehicle mods, driving habits and common-sense fixes you need to know to max out your tank.
Don’t let record-high fuel prices break your vacation budget. You probably already know that being a miser with the air-conditioning, keeping your tires properly inflated and getting a tune-up will all improve your mileage. Here are other smart ways to scrimp:
…Changing from an aggresive hard accelerating, hard braking, driving style to a more relaxed style incorporating gentle acceleration and cruise control on the highway, can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 35 percent, according to an Edmunds.com study.
A scan gauge can help determine the fuel efficiency of your car, according to Phillip Reed of Edmunds.com
Techies might want to invest in the ScanGauge. It plugs into the On-Board Diagnostic port located under a car’s dash, reads your car’s computer and allows you to monitor fuel consumption, coolant temperature and engine speed, among other measures.
How’s your driving? If you’re ready for a blunt, detailed answer to that question, computer-based gadgets selling for $200 or less will provide it.
In a software-driven world, it’s easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it’s cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.