Classic Cars are not known for fuel economy
As classic cars emerge from hibernation, tucked away in their toasty garages, gas stations are more than happy to see them coming. You see, classic cars, as popular as they may be with mechanically inclined people, have never been known for fuel economy. They command attention from automobile buffs as well as children, yet they can actually be quite expensive to drive when you consider the awful gas mileage on these vintage beasts.
Muscle cars of the 1960′s and 1970′s are especially popular with collectors. They are commonplace on roadways across the country during warm weather months. These cars feature carbeurated fuel supply to their engines. This technology preceded today’s fuel injection systems and was state of the art in its day. As fuel injection became the technology of choice, these carbeurated monsters became obsolete. Smaller engines brought on by the fuel crisis of the 1970′s combined with a much more efficient fuel delivery system of injectors made the muscle cars of yesteryear disappear from the roads initially. These cars regained popularity from a collector’s standpoint. Today, restored muscle cars are more popular than they were when they were originally manufactured.
Classic cars are not known for fuel economy. Some of these vintage gas guzzlers can get as little as 4 to 6 miles per gallon. This is probably the reason we don’t see them in production anymore. We can look back in time at other forms of transportation as well. If we turn our focus towards commercial trucking and public transportation, we see nothing but gas guzzlers. You would have to wonder how much gasoline these larger than life vehicles guzzled. It’s probably a good thing we don’t see these monstrosities being restored and driven daily. The moral of the story is a simple one. Classic muscle cars are pretty to look at, but if you are planning on driving any substantial distances, be prepared to pay more than your fair share at the fuel pump. Happy motoring…
Spring Gas Prices Getting Better?
Watch the world news on any major network over the last few weeks and you’ll hear the chatter of spring gas prices getting better. This is just hype when you look at the big picture. For gasoline to drop from $3.80 per gallon to $3.72 per gallon at your local filling station is not relief. As a matter of fact, it’s nothing at all. This price drop would save you a mere $1.00 on a ten gallon weekly fill-up and $2.00 on a 20 gallon weekly fill-up. I don’t personally consider saving $1.00 or even $2.00 per week relief at the pump. With price inflation around us at the supermarket and retail stores as well as substantial tax increases on both payroll tax and property tax, the one or two dollar savings is quickly washed away. To add insult to injury, in my neck of the woods they are now considering a new gas tax to help fix the ailing economy and unbalanced budget. Yeah, great, that ought to fix it…
The decrease in spring gas prices is unusual. This is actually a time where the price starts to creep upward as the spring driving season begins. Just as it creeps up when the summer driving season begins, and yes the fall driving season begins (this is when wealthy Americans drive around looking at fall foliage and use us all the gas supplies). It seems there are a million reasons to raise prices at the pump so why have we sen this slight downward trend? It is mostly based on the price of a barrel of oil. Oil prices have slumped a bit lately due to fluctuations in the US dollar and other worldly events. Gasoline has also begun to reach higher levels of supply and a slightly reduced demand which produces an over-abundance of the flammable gold. Overall these conditions provide us with slightly lower spring gas prices not to be confused with relief at the pump.
Look on the bright side, you can get yourself a candy bar with the dollar you save on your gasoline fill-up. You can break it into pieces and share it with the family. If you are lucky enough to own a full size SUV or pickup truck your can buy a bottle of ice-tea with the two dollars you saved on your fill-up. Get yourself some straws and everyone in the house can have a sip. So if you believe the hype the mainstream media pumps out there regarding relief at the pump, you should probably take another look at your own savings right down to the penny. You may be surprised at how little the latest round of relaxed spring gas prices really saved you.
We are endlessly searching out the silver bullet for improved fuel economy…
When we talk about silver bullets, we are not exactly talking about ammunition. A silver bullet is a creative term used to describe an easy answer to a difficult question. Over the past few years, there have been numerous products released into the automotive market that claim to increase fuel economy in your vehicle. Their claim is that you install their product, and you begin to save money.
These aftermarket automotive products come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of these ineffective products include magnets. The magnets are clamped to the outside of fuel lines and supposedly promote cleaning and more efficient burning of gasoline in the combustion chamber. Independent studies have shown the gas-saving magnets to be totally useless with no gain in fuel economy whatsoever. Another product is the air bleed system. An air bleeder sends additional air into the intake supposedly increasing fuel mileage. These too have been proven ineffective as a result of independent testing. Then there is the cyclone style air manipulator. This gas-saving product will supposedly smooth out the intake airflow resulting in a better burn within the combustion chamber. But as luck would have it, this too failed to produce any worthwhile fuel savings. So, if none of these gas-friendly parts make any difference, how can you improve your vehicular fuel economy?
The answer is somewhat simple. Driving habits are still the number one method of improving gas mileage and these habits won’t cost a penny. The silver bullet for fuel economy may be as simple slowing down. Do the speed limit and teach the young drivers in your family to do the same. Getting hot on that gas pedal will get costly over a lifetime of driving. Rapid acceleration is another vice you need to lose. This costs nothing either. How about bunching your errands? Again, it’s just a matter of habit and not a product you purchase off the shelf and snap onto your engine. Sometimes common sense goes a long way down the highway, a little focus will be your silver bullet.
Welcome to Walegamart. This is a relaunch of our popular fuel and gasoline themed website. The blogging style website attracted me because of its ease of use and overall fantastic functionality. Fuel pricing is a hot topic today, just as it’s been a hot topic for the last few years.
Walegamart has been open to the public since 2002. Over the years we have expressed the need for fuel efficiency not only to save the environment, but to save yourself the expense of visiting a gas station. As a matter of fact, Americans in particular are expected to spend as much as three percent of their annual income this coming year on gasoline for their cars. So many people are complacent when it comes to pumping gas into your vehicle. They just get in line like a sheep, with big brother guiding the way to those pumps every week. But it doesn’t have to go like that. We are not powerless as so many gasoline consumers may believe. Everyone can take control over the fuel consumption if they just spend some time focusing on the matter at hand.
We will explore fuel efficient options, ways that everyone can reduce their fuel use, discuss recent gasoline and oil related economic news, and maybe even complain and gripe from time to time. (Sometimes it just feels good to let the frustrations fly.) Fuel prices are once again reaching painful levels due to multiple reasons both in the United States and abroad. The reasons are many, and they are ever-changing. Education is your best defense since most of these worldly conditions are completely out of our control.
Use our handy calculators and check back frequently for updates on the overall state of gasoline and fuel pricing in America. A little education can go a long way. It is critical to remember that We are not powerless. We can act on our gas station spending and reduce it substantially even when gas prices rise. Have faith, educate yourself, then act on your newly found knowledge. Less gas flowing into your vehicle means more money flowing into your wallet or purse. This is more than a hello from Walegamart, it’s a sendoff to better days which lay ahead. Happy motoring…