Because of the rising cost of fuel, everyone has been looking for fuel saving tips and articles online, in the newspaper and in different print magazines. Some of these tips are just simple enough to work such as carpooling, keeping the machine in good condition and knowing exactly where to go instead of driving around. However, there are other tips seen online that looks radical enough to work but upon close investigation, some of these tips might not really work. In fact, some of the radical fuel saving tips would increase fuel consumption.

The Morning Gas Theory

There is a theory that advice consumers to fill their tanks in the morning. The morning gas are said to have more gas molecules when they are cold. This is based on the principle that liquids are denser when they are cold. Since fuel is a liquid, it should be denser in the morning.

But the temperature levels don’t change in fuels. The storage condition doesn’t reduce the temperature of the fuel and as it passes through the nozzle, the temperature will go back to normal. Consumer Reports even tested this theory and proved that no difference was made.

The Premium Fuel Theory

This is probably one of the most outrageous fuel-saving tips: use premium fuel to save cost on fuel. The rationale behind this is that premium fuel is recommended by manufacturers. Since they are recommended, it should work great on their cars.

Premium fuel does have its effects on cars. However, they really don’t pose significant changes on fuel efficiency. The fuel consumption of your car is not based on the fuel but based on the car. A car that runs in 18 miles per gallon will still have the same fuel consumption when used with a premium fuel. If there is efficiency it would be so small that it the cost of premium fuel will outweigh the savings it could provide.

Over-inflating to Save on Fuel

Some consumers have reported increase in fuel efficiency by over-inflating the tires of their car. The theory that supports this claim is that over-inflated cars usually have less friction. Since it requires little power to move because of less friction to the ground, it should increase efficiency.

That seemed a very smart idea. Over-inflating your tires could give your car an easier lift. But the danger of over-inflation will always be there. With less friction, there is less control. You can’t easily stop your car because of less friction. The fuel efficiency you’ll get can’t pay for the accident that you might experience. Better stick to proper inflation to save on fuel and life.

Those Fuel Saving Devices

One thing that I will never believe: the car industries tie up with different fuel companies that force the carmakers to purposely require your car to require more fuel. Although there are car manufacturers that could be identified with fuel companies, car makers still want to sell as many cars as they can. Because of that, they are always looking for ways to increase efficiency.  If there’s a device out there that claims to increase your fuel efficiency, all it will do is to cut the process in fuel consumption so that less engine power will be required to transform fuel into energy.

There maybe some basis for their gadget to foster fuel efficiency but consider what they will do to your car’s engine. Since it reduces the process of fuel into energy, some parts of the engine works over time. Increased stress will eventually take its toll. You maybe saving money but you will have to spend that savings in replacing parts of your engine.