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I just added two new calculators to the site. One to convert gallons to liters and another one to convert liters back to gallons. These were actually already available but they were hidden deep down on another page so where hard to find.
As of now there’s no converter for imperial gallons, but then again I’m not sure if anyone needs that. Please leave a comment if you have a need for imperial gallons.
By splitting the gallon vs liters converters into separate pages I hope that more people will find them through the search engines. It was not easy for the search engines to find them while hidden inside another page.
I just read on the cartech blog at cnet that Mazda has come up with an ambitious plan to provide hybrid like fuel economy through conventional fuel technology.
Christened SkyActive on the lines of earlier Mazda models Sky-G gasoline and Sky-D diesel engines, Mazda CEO unveiled the company’s plans with much gusto stating that the technologies would include better and lighter chassis and vehicle body designs, direct injection diesel and gasoline engines and transmissions.
The move is Mazda’s attempt to keep up with competitors such as Toyota and Nissan who have considerably higher RD budgets. Mazda is trying to cash in on the improvement of tried and tested methods instead of investing in the development of new technologies.
A spokesperson for the company said that the newly rechristened SkyActiv-G gasoline engine may be available in some Mazda models as early as next years. In a bold move, Mazda also revealed that consumers can expect fuel consumption of 70 mpg in the Mazda 2 which puts it at par with the hybrid engine models available from competitors such as Honda.
The company has achieved the fuel efficiency through the use of the direct injection technology. Because fuel is directly injected into the combustion chamber in such engines, greater fuel economy and performance can be achieved as opposed to regular engines where the fuel is injected upstream in the intake port.
This transmission adds another 7 percent to the fuel efficiency which is further accentuated by the body structure and the chassis.
Mazda’s plans may also have been motivated by the dwindling stakes of Ford in the company. A long term partner Ford has reduced its stakes in the company to a mere 3% with further disinvestment expected. Mazda of course has no plans to share its newfound approach to fuel efficiency with Ford.
The really exiting part is that Mazda plans to incorporate SkyActiv technologies in all their models by 2015 which means the hybrids will have some tough competition from cheaper conventional technology in the years to come.
Here’s a couple of easy ways you can save gas during summer, especially during a hot summer.
Park in the shadow and your car will be a lot more comfortable when you’re ready to leave. The reason you’ll save gas is that your air condition will not have to work so hard to cool the car down when get on the road again. You’ll also keep the cars paintwork and tires in better shape and prevent the chocolate you left in the glove compartment from melting.
Be careful with the A/C as it is one beast of a gas gulper. Don’t turn the temperature down too much, you’ll just get a cold. Open the doors before you leave and read “Park in the shadow” above. Drive with windows open if you do slow city speeds but remember that the drag from the windows makes them even more wasteful than the A/C at highway speeds.
Enjoy the weather instead of using the car. Walk to the corner grocery instead of driving to the supermarket, take the bike to work if it’s not too far, and let the kids use their bikes instead of driving them everywhere.
Check the tire pressure all times of the year as this is one of the easiest ways of saving gas. A properly inflated tire can save you up to 5% in gas expenses and an under inflated tire is unsafe and may explode from overheating if stressed enough.
Make sure you have a gas cap and it’s not broken as the heat of summer will make the fuel in your tank evaporate a lot faster then in winter. The cap makes sure your hard earned gas dollars are not excaping into the athmosphere.
Every year the U.S. Department of Energy releases a Fuel Economy Guide. The guide has some information about how to drive efficiently and fuel economy in general, but more useful in this case is that they list almost all new vehicles sold in the US with the fuel economy ration MPG for city and highway use.
It also lists the most efficient vehicles in different categories making this an excellent companion when shopping for a new car.
It’s still summer and some days can be really hot. Remember that as soon as you turn on the A/C you could be loosing as much as 10MPG, the A/C is a real power hog.
Do this and save some gas during hot summer days!
Dedicated to improving your fuel economy,
With the hot summer weather soon here I want to share with youÂ a summer time gas saving tip. It’sÂ one of the tips you can get for freeÂ inÂ our email cource on saving gas
I must admit that before I started researching fuel economy I had no idea that driving without a gas cap would make any significant difference to my fuel economy,
But it does!
Loosing your gas cap and not replacing it can cost you up to 15 gallons of gas a year, and even more if you live in a hot climate.
With no lid on the gas tank fuel will constantly evaporate from the tank into the air.
Not only will you loose fuel but the extra gas added to the atmosphere will contribute to the greenhouse effect.
If you loose our gas cap, immediately go buy a new one from your car dealer or local mechanic. You will pay less for the new cap than for all the fuel you loose without a cap.
This technique may give you savings of 3 mpg or more depending on how hot and dry the climate is around you and if you have an additional lid on top of the missing gas cap that prevents some of the leakage.
Dedicated to improving you fuel economy,
Christmas is soon here and many of us will be traveling to spend the holidays with family or friends.
If you are going to take the car you can as well think about how to get the best mileage out of your Chrismas trip… there’s enough bills to pay anyway even if you didn’t have to pay for the gas.
To help you I have put togetherÂ my top 7 Christmas Mileage Tips for saving gas on you Christmas travels.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #1:Â No speeding, no stress
Going above 60mph (100km/h) will use considerably more fuel while not getting you anywhere as much faster ahed as you might wish.
Plan your trip to begin early enough so you don’t need to panic in case there is problems on the way. You might have to get around a traffic accident or you may get lost in case they have done reconstruction on some major intersection since you last traveled. (SeeÂ Christmas Mileage TipÂ Nr 2)
It’s also a good idea to be carefull on the roads around Christmas as an accident will certainly ruin your celebrations.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #2: Plan Your Route
One of the secrets to saving fuel on long trips is of cource to take the shortest route while still avoiding the smallest roads where you can’t keep your schedule.
First of all plan the shortest route you could take using the major highways. It’s usually easy to find your way fromÂ A toÂ BÂ on the highway. Then consider you skills with mapÂ orÂ GPS and see if you can find a shorter routeÂ by using smaller rural roadsÂ for shortcuts.
Do not only measure the length of the route. AlsoÂ favorÂ road with speed limits of 50Â to 60mph with noÂ known road contruction work going on andÂ with less traffic. Also avoidÂ entering a major city onÂ a smaller road,Â you will easily get lost.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #3: Make a Good Schedule
Don’t just go. Plan whenÂ well in advance what day to gom what time to goÂ and when you will be at different waypoints on your route. This way you can avoid rush hour traffic on certain parts of your trip, possibly saving your hours of stress and gallons of fuel.
Avoid getting near any major cityÂ during rush hour, ifÂ youÂ notice you will you can allwaysÂ taka break and a meal at that point to adjustÂ your schedule.Â
IfÂ you’re alone or if your familyÂ can stand itÂ you can drive during the night hours to avoid other traffic that could force your to drive less economically.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #4: Update your Maps And GPS
Make sure you have a recent map in case they have changed roads or intersections and get the latest map updatesÂ for your GPS unit. Especially if you follow the directions from your GPS it could take you inte trouble and a longer trip in case the roads has changed.
If your GPS jave real time traffic information itÂ canÂ also inform you ofÂ road work and accidentsÂ so your can take the quickest route around bottlenecks.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #5: Check Tire Pressure and Fluids
Having too low tire pressure will decrease your gas mileage with up to 5mpg depending on your vehicle. Make sure to check and fill your tires before going on a longer Christmas trip and you could save some gas for Santa.
Also check the other fluids, like the oil level, coolant level and cleaning fluid for the windows. You won’t save much gas by doing this but you might save your engine and make sure you have a peacefull Christmas.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #6: No Roof Racks,Â Ski BoxesÂ or Trailers
Anything you attach to the outside of your car will increase aerodynamic drag and also fuel consumption. If you don’t need them for your trip, make sure to remove any roof rack or ski boxes before you go, it can make a difference of several mpg.
Towing a trailer will also make your car use a lot more fuel per mile so avoid it at all cost, and if you have to choose a ski box is better than a big trailer.
Chrismas Mileage Tip #7: Fill up Where It’s Cheap
If you’re going to drive some considerable distance you can plan in advance where to fill up by using an online service likeÂ gasbuddy. They have gas prices for every state in the USA and Canada and if you travel through several states the price difference can be huge between different locations.
Just don’t deviate from your planned route to save a few cents, find a gas station along your route and fill up well before the tank is empty to make sure you’re not forced to take anything they have.
Tools for Planning Your Trip
To get an estimate of how much fuel is going to be needed you can use this trip gas mileage calculator, to find the best gas prices in the US and Canada go to gasbuddyÂ and finally you can use this tool to find the best tire pressure for your vehicle.
If youÂ have additional tips on how to save gasÂ during Christmas pleaseÂ add it in a comment to this blog postÂ so everyone can benefit from your knowledge.Â
Hava a Merry Christmas and save a lot of gas on your trip,
I just added my last tank to my gaslog at gassavers.orgÂ and it turned out to be my worst tank ever with this car. The milage ended up being 37mpg which is a lot less than my record of 42.5 mpg and mean mileage of 41 mpg.
IÂ suspect it’s the winter temperatures that’s now below zero that’s affecting the mileage. On my 15km commute the engine just about reaches working temperature at the end of the ride even when using the block heater for two hours before takeing off.
I will just have to waitÂ for the nextÂ fillup to see ifÂ the trend is permanent.
Dedicated toÂ improving your fuel economy,
P.S. I use the automotive conversion calculatorÂ to convert mileage and fuel amounts between American and European units.
I thought some of your may not have seen any engine heating system if you live south and as this one is connected to the Finnish electricity grid you won’t recognice the electricity connectors if you live outsitde this part of Europe.
The first part is the timer that lets me connect the heating when I get home from work and have it turn on two to four hours before I go to work the next day. I use two hours during the mild part of winter and four hours when it’s really cold.
Then theres the cable connecting the mains from the timer to the car. Theres a small handy socket in the front left of the car where I plug in the power, we also have a couple of heating sockets at work so if I’m in time I can have heater on also before leaving for home.
Inside the car the cabling goes to the block heater and to the inside heating fan.
The cable outside the car should be made of oil and cold resistant material as otherwise it will get stiff as a stick and oil on the ground can eat through normal cabling.
I included a pic of the engine even though you can’t see the heater, it’s a block heater and if you could see it it would just be a cable going into the engine block as the heater is inside the engine heating the coolant.
As you can see it’s pretty crowded in the engine compartment so I didn’t find where the heater is located but it does work so I believe it’s where it’s supposed to be.
The other part of the heating system is a heating fan heating the inside of the car making it more comfortable and melting ice of the windows saving me five minutes of idling and manual ice-removal.
The block heater helps with mileage as the engine uses less fuel when warm and the inside heater lets me take off immediatly instead of idling for five minutes while taking the ice off the windows. It also make the driving a lot more comfortable as the engine does not heat up enought to provide much heat during my 15 mintue commute.
Dedicated to improving your mileage,