Gas saving tips

I received these tips in a forwarded email reportedly originating from, ‘a friend’s cousin working at an EXXON-MOBIL Refinery’. Ideally if I had the money the first thing I would buy would be an electric or hybrid vehicle to reduce my carbon footprint. But, unfortunately I don’t, so drive a somewhat efficient gas guzzler. But hey, I’m just grateful it is running! So for those of us who still have fossil fueled cars here are some tips to help stretch that dollar and be more efficient with the gas.

TIP 1. Only fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening your gallon has expanded and is not exactly a gallon. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for the Petroleum business and they do not compensate for temperature changes at the pump.

TIP 2. When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three stages: low, middle, and high. If you have the patience, you should always try and pump on the low mode to minimize the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of 
the gasoline that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors get sucked up back into the storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

TIP 3. One of the most important tips to getting the best gasoline for your buck is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. This does mean more visits to the gas station but it will mean that you have less gasoline evaporating into the empty air space.

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