This is among the most costly myths among many motorists around the world. In the age of record breaking gas price, many people want to offer “secrets” that purposely provide us with higher mileage for the dollar. There are many marketers, advertisers and companies around the world who peddle any of these alleged fuel-saving products. They say that all we need to do is to buy their gadgets and products, so we can use them in our car. They claim that we will save plenty of gas and we will obtain improved fuel economy. We have seen countless TV informercial that advertise such products.
Advertising messages will say that after an easy and fast installation, we will save up to $50 per month in gas. Sellers literally swear by it and they claim that people are really happy with the gas-saving product. Car owners should critically think whether these products could really provide significant gas-saving solutions. There are many gas-saving products in the market, such as cheap magnets, copper tubing and other wacky gimmicks. Car owners could also be told to drop some pills that will dissolve in the fuel and it supposedly will improve the combustion process.
Car owners should obtain scientific, objective and actual facts provided by independent researchers. We should make sure that gadgets and products can be tested under proper technical and scientific conditions. We should dismiss any fictional assumption without independently verifiable and scientific backing. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is the trusted agency and it has tested hundreds of these devices. The high-ranking official from EPA has said that these additives and devices just don’t work. EPA has tested these devices for 35 years and they always come with the same results. This can be rather disappointing for car owners who are motivated in using these kinds of products for their cars.
Car owners could have seen pretty much anything that could be imagined, when it comes to fuel-saving devices. We could go to the EPA’s websites to get a list of devices that have been tested by the agency over the years. The Consumers Reports have also tested dozens of these products and their ineffectiveness isn’t news. The organization has also tested these devices and products over the years. It hasn’t found anything that can really improve fuel economy. One common advice is to avoid wasting our money on products that don’t work, especially if we don’t obtain any kind of improved fuel efficiency.
We should be aware that there are some genuine fuel-saving tricks that actually deliver improved results. These simple tricks are essentially related to common sense, such as completing our daily chores in a single trip and don’t turn on the air conditioning when the external temperature is bearable. We should choose strategies that are real and genuine. They could deliver the actual costs savings through substantial fuel economy. In the end, we don’t really need to spend anything to improve fuel efficiency and what we really need is a change of habits.