On Your Side: Gas Gimmicks vs. Gas Savers

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

May 21, 2007- News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA,Ga---Oil prices are on the rise again as drivers take note of yet another record high for prices at the pump. AAA says the national average for unleaded gasoline is just over $3.19 cents a gallon, which is up nearly 34 cents from a month ago.

While the prices are rising, many people still have to get around, and now more than ever, every dime saved counts.

But how do we know the gas savers from the gimmicks? News 12 is on your side with some advice.

We spoke with Aaron Clements. He has been a licensed mechanic at C&C automotive for over 30 years. He says one of the common gas myths is that if you ride with windows down instead of using the air conditioner, you will save gas. He says that is not true.

"When you open the windows you actually cut down on alot of the aerodynamics of the vehicle and in effect is slows it down a little bit," says Clements.

Many stores also sell octane boosters and special pills that promise to boost your fuel efficiency by up to thirty percent. Clements also says that is a gimmick. He says most people spend lots of money, but get very little benefit.

There is also a common myth that its beest to fill up on Wednesdays because gas prices have cooled down from the weekend high.
Chip prince, manager at Greg's Gas Plus in North Augusta says "It doesnt make a bit of difference what day it is. "

Everything is not a gimmick. There are some good gas savers out there. Clements says checking your tire pressure, using cruise control, and removing heavy items from your trunk are good ways. He also says being a careful drive is a great way everyone can save.

"Slow take offs do conserve fuel, so driving habits have a huge amount to do with saving fuel," he says.

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