Alternative Fuel

From E85 to Biodiesel, there are alternatives to gas. Stop by and chat with Martin for these and other alternative fuels.

Saving Fuel

Saving fuel is very similar to what we do in racing, a little bit here and a little bit there adds up achieving max performance and fuel economy. Check out these handy tips.

1. Proper maintenance, such as tune ups, cleaning fuel injectors for optimal fuel atomization, using manufactures recommended engine oil, synthetics are preferred in most cases.

2. Tires are a major factor for best economy and performance, always use recommended tire pressures. Over inflating can cause impact damage to your tires as well as it reduces the contact area of your tire with the road and it also is wearing out the center of the tires. Follow manufactures guide lines for proper tire sizes and types. Bigger tire sizes can reduce the load capacity and cause sloppy handling. It also takes more horse power and fuel with increase reciprocating mass. Don't let some tire shop tell you they know more than the engineers who designed your vehicle. Incorrect tire sizes will affect the entire vehicle from transmission to brakes including the ABS and steering systems, often leading to expensive repairs.

3. Whenever possible turn off the AC compressor. Many vehicles offer a button and some don't. Most manufacturers design the AC system to operate in defrost mode to remove moisture from the windshield, it may be necessary to switch from defrost when it's no longer needed.

4. Aerodynamics and weight reduction. If you have ever put your hand out the window at 60 MPH you'll find the wind resistance is tremendous. Removing unused ski racks, bicycle racks etc. helps considerably. Removing extra weight will also improve fuel economy, so clean out your back seat, trunk, truck bed, or SUV storage areas.

5. Driving style. Rapid acceleration or stop and go traffic is devastating to fuel economy always try to maintain momentum and as steady a throttle as possible and is safe to do so. Timed traffic lights would help everyone, please write to whomever is responsible for this problem!

6. Pick-up truck drivers should close the tail gate. This produces a spot of air behind the cab that affectively pushes the air stream over the truck bed and over the tailgate. And it reduces fuel consumption. Check out Myth Busters for conformation.

Hopefully this has been a help,
Martin at Paradise