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For most new-vehicle shoppers, the purchase of a new car or crossover is a significant life event—one preceded by at least a little worry, uncertainty, and a search for confirmation that the decision to acquire a particular vehicle isn’t a bad one.
The Gas Guzzler Tax is a federal tax on certain vehicles with especially low Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel-economy ratings.
Many years ago, premium fuel was thought (and sort of advertised) to contain added detergents that helped keep fuel injectors clean. At the time, fuel injection was rather new, and the injectors’ tiny orifices could easily get clogged by dirt. Therefore, many people bought premium-grade gas for that reason, even though the engine didn’t really require it. But today, virtually all name-brand gasoline (and probably all gasoline, period) contains a sufficient amount of detergent to keep the fuel injectors clean, so that’s no longer a good reason to pay an extra 20 percent for your gas.
By now, most of us have heard the most common bits of gas-saving advice. We all know not to speed, to avoid jackrabbit starts, and to avoid letting the engine idle. Absolutely sound advice. But there is more we can do in the interest of conserving fuel.
Most gas-saving tips seem to focus on the things that drivers can do to eke a few more miles out of a tank of gas. Driving slower, driving less aggressively, avoiding prolonged periods of idling…we’ve all heard this stuff before.
If it’s your car that’s sucking up all the gas, why should you have to modify your behavior—what about the car itself?
We all know what we can do to save some gas. We know that we’re obliged to avoid jackrabbit starts, that we should travel at close to the posted speed limit, and that we’re committed to religiously checking the air pressure in our tires. Noted.
We’ve seen the list before. But, you ask, what else can we do? A better question might be, is there anything we should stop doing? The answer is yes. In fact, there are five things you can stop doing immediately in the name of improved fuel economy.