Hey guys, I'm just starting to drive, and I've received a 1999 CRV. What can I do to save gas? It's automatic, and I'm not sure if P&G will work, nor do I want to go in neutral all the time (I'm just starting).
Also, how can I mod the car to save gas? I'm thinking of wheel covers, rear wheel skirts, possibly a dam, or a belly pan, but does a dam do a belly pan's work and vice versa? Also, any more suggestions on mods?
You can do these modifications:
- Maximum tire pressure (as yaryarbing said)
- Scangauge (or the much better-priced Ultragauge) (as vxdude said)
- Of course the mods you listed
- Roof rack and other accessory delete (as Fetch said)
- Grill block
- Kammback, maybe
- Certainly some other things I forgot
The tire pressure and SG/UG will produce the best results among those mods. Keep in mind that any investment of money may take a long time to pay for itself.
Even without any neutral coasting you can practice these (and more) techniques:
- Keep a detailed gaslog and use accurate filling habits
- Drive as if you have lame brakes; instead of stopping at red lights, slow far ahead so you can roll through the green light.
- Conserve your momentum by not slowing down unnecessarily (for turns, bumps in the road, etc)
- A 2-3 second draft behind a big rig on the highway is the legally proper distance and the best place to save fuel
- Lower speed, of course, always helps
- Experiment with different acceleration rates
- With a UG or SG, try to become familiar with your car's DFCO behavior and you may be able to take advantage of that, although if you're not comfortable with neutral then you probably wouldn't be comfortable downshifting to extend your DFCO