Fuel-Saving Myths Debunked

February 27th, 2017 by

As a vehicle with the Toyota name imprinted on it, the 2016 Camry offers solid fuel economy. While there are many fuel-saving tips floating around, did you know that many of them are just myths? In fact, some of these myths actually cause you to lower your fuel economy instead of increasing it. Below we will debunk these myths, so you can start saving fuel the right way!

Myth: Topping off your tank will get you more gas.

Fact: It may seem as though your gas tank can always hold a bit more than it claims it can. But, in reality, when you top off your tank, it can actually cause gasoline to be sent back into the pump. When at the gas pump, the gas nozzle automatically shuts off when your tank is full. If you continue to put more gas into your tank, this additional gas will actually be drawn into a vapor recovery system and sent back into the station’s storage tanks. Not only that, but it may cause the evaporative emissions system in your car to become damaged.

Myth: Keeping at least half a tank of gas at all times will prevent evaporation inside the tank.

Fact: Years ago, gas easily evaporated into the air. Today, however, cars are designed to keep fuel vapors inside your car’s gas tank so they can be burned by the engine. This means you don’t have to worry about gas evaporating faster when your tank is under the half-full line.

Myth: Following close to large trucks will help save gas.

Fact: This is the only “myth” that is actually a fact. By tailgating a large truck or trailer, your car will be pulled with the draft it creates, which helps lower the amount of gas burned. The fact to point out here is that tailgating is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Saving a small amount of gas is not worth risking your safety for.

Myth: Using cruise control always saves gas.

Fact: People believe that using cruise control saves gas because accelerating is claimed to burn gas faster. While cruise control does help your car remain a constant speed, which does help save fuel, this tactic typically works best for flat terrain. When roads turn hilly, your car may accelerate faster with cruise control activated than it would if you were anticipating the hill and adjusting your speed accordingly. This faster acceleration can hurt fuel economy instead of helping.

Myth: Tire pressure doesn’t affect fuel economy.

Fact: Tire pressure plays a key role in fuel economy. Under-inflated tires, especially, cause fuel economy to drop. They also cause imprecise handling, premature wear along the edges of their treads, and can even overheat and fail at highway speeds. Tires lose about one pound of pressure per month. When seasons change, they also lose or gain another pound of inflation pressure with every 10 degree temperature change. By simply keeping your tires properly inflated, you can increase your fuel economy by up to three percent.

Myth: The amount of weight in your vehicle won’t affect fuel economy.

Fact: The more you tote, the more fuel you burn. According to the USB Energy Department, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can lower fuel economy by two percent. Fuel economy drops even more for every extra 100 pounds you add. Golf clubs, strollers, and any other heavy items you tend to leave in your car should be removed in order to achieve optimal mpg.

Learn more about the 2016 Toyota Camry and fuel-saving tips when you drop by our Faulkner Toyota dealership in Harrisburg, PA, nearby Carlisle, Hershey and York.

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