147 Million Gallons of Wasted Gas? It's a Drop in the Bucket
Friday, April 20, 2007
Reprinted from CarCare.org
Loose gas caps, underinflated tires, faulty thermostats, worn spark plugs, malfunctioning engine controls, poor wheel alignment and the list goes on. These are among the conditions that daily cost consumers millions of dollars in wasted fuel.
"Something as innocuous as an improperly tightened gas cap, for example, or one that's missing or defective, might seem a minor factor," said Rich White of the Car Care Council. "But consider that 17 percent of the vehicles on U.S. highways have either misused or missing gas caps, causing 147,000,000 gallons of gas per year to vaporize into the atmosphere (source: Service Tech Magazine, September 2000).
"To the maxim 'waste not, want not,' we need to add 'be car care aware,' because most drivers are unaware of the economic consequences of neglected maintenance."
White said the nearly 150 million gallons of gas out of the filler cap are literally a drop in the bucket of waste.
"Among the six worst offenders are underinflated tires and incorrect wheel alignment, conditions which increase rolling resistance. Like driving with the parking brake not fully released, it can cost a mile or two per gallon on a car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon. "Among other gas guzzlers," said White, "are dirty oil, a mile per gallon; a slipping automatic transmission, another mile per gallon and as much as two mpg for a cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold.
"Finally, there could be a malfunction of one or more components in the fuel, ignition or emission control systems, especially critical in cold weather driving. The fuel penalty for just one misfiring spark plug is two or three miles per gallon.
"Combining all of these discrepancies into one vehicle, the cost of wasted fuel easily could exceed recent increases in pump prices," said White. "It's what being car care aware is all about."
Reprinted from CarCare.org
Thursday, April 19, 2007
You heard me. As if Ask Patty didn’t have enough going on – what with our Female Friendly dealers and Dream Car search tool – she up and decided to get herself a virtual life. Ask Patty is officially active in Second Life, and we don’t mean just walking around and hanging out either. We have a full-fledged shop/store/lounge built on Pontiac’s Motorati Island and oh man, is it cool!
here is how it started… Pontiac decided to do this very awesome thing
where they opened up an entire island to automotive enthusiasts and
allowed automotive companies to apply for land space. Well, we did,
knowing full well what a great opportunity it would be. You should have
seen us all doing the Ask Patty dance when we learned we’d been accepted! Thank you Pontiac and the gang at Campfire!
Our Ask Patty avatars met up with a great gal by the name of Osprey Therian who helped us create the amazing Ask Patty location. You really have to see it to believe it! We will be blogging about the development of our shop for the next few weeks but in the mean time, log in and pay us a visit! You can search for us under “Ask Patty” and find us on Pontiac’s Motorati Island. Come see us soon!
And hey, while you are at it, check out this article by Automotive News about the great automotive presence on Second Life.