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October 2, 2012

Fuel Efficiency Great Reason for New ‘Wheels’


Americans are worried about the economy, but getting rid of that old gas guzzler and replacing it with something fuel efficient is a must for many.

Chrysler reports sales up 14% in August with heavy demand for Ram Trucks. GM up 10% on sales of the Cruze and other compacts.

With approx. 70% of the market reporting, the US auto industry is poised to show an annual sales rate of 14.5 million vehicles. Auto sales in 2009 were a mere 10.4 million vehicles.

I never thought about this one: GM and Ford executives have said that the improved housing sector could spur sales of pick-up trucks.

Filed under:Energy,Fuel cost,Fuel Economy,Gas price,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 5:47 pm | 

March 12, 2012

US Oil Imports Down 10%


A year ago, President Obama pledged to reduce US dependence on foreign oil by 1/3 within a decade. We are going in the right direction!

Who knows why we waited so long? What are we doing right?

Higher US oil production does help, but in reality it’s only a drop in the bucket. Higher fuel efficiency in cars, use of renewable energy elsewhere and (unfortunately)an economy that is not close to cooking on all burners all contributed.

That said, the US only holds 2% of the oil reserves on the planet, but consumes 25%. You do the math.

Filed under:Fuel cost,Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Gas price,Presidential Election | by Pump Girl @ 12:33 pm | 

March 6, 2012

How to Deal with $5 gas


It’s coming and you can’t do anything about the price, but there are some things you can do to use less of it.

These are not 7 ‘secret tips.’ You have heard them all before.

1. Have your tires checked. Wheel alignment and tire pressure are both important.

2. Check for the best deals in your area. can help. You can also get an ap for your mobile phone.

3. Don’t speed. You can reduce consumption by 7% for every 5 miles you cut back on the highway.

4. Get a tune-up to burn your fuel most efficiently.

5. Do not ride your brake. Use it for stopping.

6. Take advantage of gas card benefits.

7. Drive as smoothly as possible.

You’re welcome :)

Filed under:Fuel cost,Fuel Cost Control,Fuel Economy,Gas price | by Pump Girl @ 6:59 pm | 

September 14, 2011

Summer Gas Demand Lowest Since 2003


People were driving less. Demand was 1.8% lower than 2010. Prices averaged $3.62/ Gal. What happened (or didn’t) this summer?

Oil came off its highs in May, and drivers were hopeful, but gas prices some how got out of lock-step.

Gasoline demand keeps falling, and now finally US gas futures are starting to show a drop.

Filed under:Fuel cost,Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Gas price | by Pump Girl @ 5:44 pm | 

May 3, 2011

Let’s Get A Smaller Car, Dear


Yes, it’s true. Americans are turning to smaller fuel efficient cars.

With gas at $4/gallon, it’s either that or walk part way. Filling the tank of my little Honda Civic last week was nearly $50. Yikes!

Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, and Ford Focus lead the way in sales in April. Toyota is not in the mix-still recovering from earthquake/tsunami issues.

Oh, and small cars don’t necessarily mean no frills. They come with leathers seats w/heaters and satellite radio along with great mileage.

Get ‘em today. They might not be there tomorrow.

Filed under:Fuel Budget,Fuel cost,Fuel Cost Control,Fuel Economy | by Pump Girl @ 6:53 pm |