ENJOYTHEDRIVE.COM SUGGESTS WAYS TO
SAVE MONEY AT THE GAS PUMP
SEMA's Consumer Web Site Offers Seven Tips to Help
Any Vehicle Get Better Fuel Economy DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (March 13, 2003)--As
gas prices rev up, enjoythedrive.com suggests several ways drivers can save
money at the gas pump.
"Everybody has become uncomfortably aware of their
vehiclesí fuel economy," says Chris Horn, vice president of communications
for SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association. "While you can save
money by driving fewer miles, that isn't an option for most of us.
Fortunately, it's easy for practically any vehicle to get better gas
mileage. And there's a bonus: Many modifications that enhance fuel economy
also improve your vehicle's performance, and they reduce emissions."
Enjoythedrive.com offers the following money-saving
1. Check your tires. Low tires not only reduce fuel
economy, they wear out faster. If you're not diligent about using a tire
pressure gauge, you might consider installing a tire monitoring system to
alert you whenever it's time to add air.
2. Make life easier for your engine. Engines hate
friction, so anything you can do to reduce it will make your motor--and your
wallet--happier. For starters, change your oil regularly, and use a
high-quality or synthetic motor oil to further reduce internal friction. Oil
additives can reduce friction, too.
3. Light a fire. Is your engine overdue for a
tune-up? If so, new spark plugs and wires will make a huge difference. Even
if you're not behind in maintenance, an upgrade to high-performance spark
plugs and low-resistance plug wires can improve fuel economy and
performance, as well as reduce emissions.
4. Breathe deeply. If you've ever tried to drink a
thick milkshake through a straw, you know how hard it is to pull fluid
through an opening that's too small. Your engine may be trying to gulp air
through a small intake system--or through a dirty air filter. Something as
simple as changing to a new high-flow air filter can help your engine inhale
5. Let it out. If your engine is trying to exhale
through an exhaust system thatís too small, a high-flow muffler or headers
can help. Also, make sure your catalytic converter isn't clogged (you'll
know, because your exhaust will smell like rotten eggs). When it's time to
change, a high-flow "cat" will further increase your fuel economy.
6. Don't idle while you're waiting. When you aren't
moving and the engine's running, you're getting 0 miles per gallon. If
you're going to be sitting still for more than a couple minutes, shut off
7. Don't floor it. It may be fun to see how fast
your vehicle can accelerate, but itís definitely not the way to optimize
your fuel economy.
For more information on improving gas mileage and
other automotive tips, visit www.enjoythedrive.com. SEMAís consumer Web site
has articles on everything from wheels and tires to driving with children
and pets, as well as information on the latest specialty auto accessories.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, represents the $26 billion
specialty automotive industry. Founded in 1963, the trade association has
more than 4,500 member companies. It is the authoritative source of research
data, trends and market growth information for automakers and the specialty
auto products industry. The industry provides appearance, performance,
comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger cars, minivans,
trucks, SUVs and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA
at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA, 91765-3914; call 909/396-0289;
or visit www.sema.org or