Top 5 Driving Tips To Help Save Gas When Driving a New or Used Car

In today’s world the cost of gas fluctuates from what we now considerable affordable and what is highway robbery. In doing research on my own to figure out how I could conserve on gas I found roughly 5 solid driving tips to help save gas, and these are tips that could help everyone. They way I look at is is, regardless if you’re driving a new car or a used car, saving gas is saving money.

  1. Drive Sensibly – This one is a no-brainer. Rapid acceleration, quick excessive braking, speeding, and aggressive driving wastes gas. Driving conservatively and sensibly can even lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent when driving in town.
  2. Observe The Speed Limit – Each vehicle new, or old reaches their optimal fuel economy at different speeds. It is said that gas mileage can decrease rapidly at speeds over 60 mph. At that pace you can assume that for each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph its like paying .24 cents more per gallon. That can add up really quickly if you’re blazing the roads all over town.
  3. Avoid Excessive Idling – When you’re idling you are getting 0 miles per gallon. Cars waste gas when they idle, cars with larger engines typically will waste even more gas than cars with smaller engines. Why take the risk? When you’re not driving you should just turn your engine off. Not only will it save on gas but its good for the environment too and we should all be thinking about the environment.
  4. Use Cruise Control – Now obviously this is not something you can do when sitting in traffic but using cruise control on the highway can help reduce your gas waste by maintaining a constant speed and not overworking your engine.
  5. Remove Excess Weight – If you’re like me you’ve got junk in your trunk. I’ve got lawn chairs, blankets and the like just sitting back there. Partly because I’m too lazy to take it up stairs and partly because you never know when you might need to use them. Once I found out I could save gas by taking that stuff out, I quickly moved them back to the garage. According to an independent study by the US government, “An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car’s fuel economy by 1-2%.” As you can see it’s time to dump that junk in your trunk and start saving gas.


As gas prices keep rising, and the money in your wallet keeps dwindling. There are ways you can save on gas and reduce your overall fuel consumption. I hope these tips will help you in your quest to saving gas and if nothing else gets you thinking about other ways we can help the environment.

How To Travel With Your Pet In Your New Car

Going on a road trip and bringing the family pet along for the first time? Your Cincinnati car dealers have some suggestions that will help make your vacation flow a lot smoother now that you have decided to bring your fury pal along. If you are planning a long trip during the holidays, take him to the vet and make sure he is current on all of his shots and vaccines. Make sure that he has his rabies vaccine tag and the documented paperwork might not be a bad idea if you plan on day-boarding him.

Also, make sure that he has a current ID tag on his collar with his name, your name and home and cell phone numbers. Having your cell phone number on his ID tag is wise because if for some reason your little pooch gets separated from you while you are out of town and he needs to get in touch with you, you will be on your cell, not at home. Just like us human folk, our four legged friends need to be considered when it comes to safety restraint. So think about getting a dog harness for riding in the car, if you don’t have one already. They are available at most pet stores or on-line.

Make sure that you have plenty of dog food and any medication that will last the duration of the trip. Also, if you want to be really prepared, you may want to bring bottled water as some animals get sick when drinking water they are not accustomed to. Also, don’t forget to pack lots of goodies and snacks, several favorite toys, food bowls, leashes, and plastic “potty”bags for cleaning up.

The day has come for your big departure – the family is on the road. Make sure to keep the car well ventilated and the temperature cool. We don’t want anyone getting overheated. As you’re traveling, I would try to stop every 2-3 hours to let your doggie out to walk around and relieve himself. I would also offer him some water at these times. Whatever you do, do not leave the little guy in a parked car by himself, even with the window cracked in the shade. This can be very dangerous, even fatal.

Your Cincinnati car dealers love our four legged friends, if you have any other tips you’d like to share, leave them in the comments section below.

Dead battery? Try Charging it before replacing it.

If you’ve ever been stuck with a dead battery, you know how miserable it is. But don’t worry, help is on the way…and no, it’s not the tow truck. It’s a battery charger! The best way to avoid any unforeseen problems is to avoid them altogether right? So, keeping your battery in good condition is one way to “avoid” one such “unforeseen problem”. Got it?

Let’s say you accidentally left your interior lights on all night and you wake up to find that you have a dead battery, what do you do? Without a battery charger, you call into work and burn a personal day in hopes of getting a jump from a neighbor or a new battery. With a battery charger, well you get to save that personal day for a time when you really want to play hooky. Let me tell you, for around $50, it’s worth it and you’ll get a pretty decent charger to boot!

How does a charger work? Check out the video.

How easy is it to use? This easy.

Of course, there could also be other reasons why your battery is discharging faster than usual or not having enough juice to turn the starter, and that is a bigger issue. I’d advise you take your car to your mechanic if your battery issues become problematic.

Personalized License Plates…. Check these out!

Everyone reading this from Ohio knows that Ohioans love their personalized license plates. This past weekend AutoBlog was in Detroit for the 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise and they took some pretty good shots of personalized license plates. I know i’ve seen some pretty funny and funky ones here in Cincinnati before. So the question is:

Well, what do you think? Have you seen one better locally?

Get The First Look At The All New Kia Optima!

At Superior Kia we are very excited about getting the all new 2011 Kia Optima. This car will blow you away! It’s sleek, stylish and one of a kind. I came across a Consumer Reports story on the all new Optima today and I thought that you would like to get a first look at the Kia Optima. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed. When these new cars start arriving in your local Cincinnati Kia dealers lot you cab be rest assured we will let you know so you can come test drive one.

Mechanical sibling to the laudable 2011 Hyundai Sonata, the redesigned 2011 Kia Optima seeks to offer more room, equipment, and power than before, and do so at an aggressive price.

Compared to the 2010 model, the Optima wheelbase is three inches longer, the cabin is wider and more spacious, and the new 2.4-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine provides 200 hp, more than the previous car’s optional V6. The styling is bolder and less bland, and distinctly different from the Sonata. The Optima now looks more coupe-like, with a sloping roof and a wide rear roof pillar. From some angles, especially the rear, it looks like a modern Jaguar. Like the Sonata, the Optima looks a lot more expensive than it actually is.

Instead of a V6, the up-level engine is a turbocharged version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, good for 274 hp. A hybrid version of the Optima will come next year.

Anxious to get seat time in this promising new model, we recently borrowed one.

Our first impressions, as you can see in the video, are that this car unsurprisingly drives much like the Sonata. Handling is responsive and the ride is controlled. The base four-cylinder motivates the car well.

The interior is very well-trimmed, with lots of soft-touch and stitched details. Most controls are simple, but the touch-screen navigation radio adds some complication. Driver visibility to the sides and rear is compromised, a trade-off for the coupe-like styling.

We plan to purchase an Optima when it goes on sale this fall.

All though they were a little touchy on the navigation system I think this was all in all a really good review. What do you guys think?

Did You Build An Electric Car In High School? Watch this!

Um…. I don’t even know what to say. I am astounded that some high school kids could put together an electric car. Kids are just so much smarter and learn so much more than we did back in my day. This is simply amazing. I found this story and video on Edmunds and I just had to share with you guys cause it is amazing. Talk about 1st place at the science fair!!

When we were in high school we built a birdhouse. It didn’t last the winter and almost certainly took the lives of a young family of Cardinals. The kids from DeLaSalle charter high school? Yeah, they took a 2000 Lola Indy chassis, put a lightweight plastic skin on it that would make the Mazda Furai blush and then made it electric. Oh, and then took it around Bridgestone’s proving grounds — using Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 low-rolling resistance tires– where they managed to get the equivalent of 300mpg. The Guinness Book of World Records is currently reviewing the claim.

Still think your game-winning touchdown junior year was cool? Right?

What do you guys think? Could you have made this when you were in high school? I’d like to see you try!!

Get to school on time in this school bus! A must see video!

This just might be one of the craziest things I have ever seen. Yes, just in case you were wondering that is a jet powered school bus. Talk about getting to class on time. No worries when your in this bus. Thanks to Automotive Addicts for sharing this video which just possible made my day and the day of some of my readers! Unfortunately I don’t think I give you jet power in your Acura, Honda, Hyundai and Kia but I could sure try!! ha.

In the world of WHY NOT, anything is possible. Paul Stender along side of the guys at Indy Boys, Inc. came up with a ridiculous idea of building a customized school bus with a 42,000-horsepower GE J-79 Phantom jet fighter engine to propel this monstrosity to over 300 mph.

One of the videos below shows the astonishing 80-foot flames coming out of the jet engine as the bus is sentracing down a runway. The school bus’ build incorporated metal structure parts normally found on a 747 jet. I am sure over 300-mph you want some type of stability.

I bet you are wondering what the purpose of all of this is. According to Cnet Stender says, “I built the bus for two reasons. The first is to entertain people because, come on, it’s a jet bus. The second, is to keep kids off drugs. Jets are hot, drugs are not.”

Most beautiful car ever produced? Weigh in here!

Well, it’s the question that USA Today proposed. Is this the most beautiful car ever produced? It does look pretty shiny, pretty lines, and very interesting look but what do you guys think? Let’s weigh in. What is your favorite car? What is the most beautiful car in your opinion? If you could have any new or used car in the world what would you drive? Tell me! I want to know.

Here’s the story.

The more we look at this 1949 Delahaye 175 Roadster, the more we wonder: could this be the most beautiful car ever created?

Sure, the wheel skirts and perfect proportions help. But isn’t just a stunner from far. The tiny details are just as perfect as the outline. No wonder it is expected to fetch upwards of $4 million at the RM Auction in Monterey, Calif., next week during the weekend of cars.

The Delahaye stands apart for a number of reasons. As RM points out, it has “stunning one-off coachwork by Saoutchik.” It goes on to say, “this wildly extravagant, award-winning Delahaye is without question the most elegant, special and rare post-war coachbuilt motor car ever made. Built for the reemerging concours circuit following the war, it was shown in Paris, Monte Carlo, San Remo, and more recently, Pebble Beach.”

We take that to mean the auctioneers agree, this could be the single most amazing car ever.

Well, what do you think? I’d love it hear it.

A Must See Commercial! Very clever indeed.

new car, used car, batteries

This has to be one of the most clever commercials I have ever seen. I just had to share it with you cause it made me laugh. Gary Numan is the New Wave musician behind the huge hit, “Cars” (1979). Now he plays an instrumental version of his song on 24 car horns. Make sure you check out the video for the making of the commercial. It’s pretty interesting too!

What did you guys think?

A Happy Ending For A Man That Drove A Toyota And Was Sent To Prison.

I wanted to share this story with you because it pulled at my heart strings. Yes I do have a heart. Please understand that unintended acceleration of a vehicle can happen to any car you may be driving. I am not bad mouthing Toyota at all. I just thought you might like this story and it’s happy ending for a man wrongfully convicted. Thanks to USA Today for sharing it.

A Minnesota man imprisoned after an accident involving a ruaway 1996 Toyota Camry — a model recalled for speed control issues, although his was not one of the ones recalled — will go free.

Earlier today, after a judge ordered Koua Fong Lee free pending a new trial, prosecutors said they will not seek to try Lee again. So he’ll be freed.

Since the day of the accident, Lee has said his car sped out of control. Three people died in the 2006 crash.

ABC News  said Lee rejected a plea agreement earlier today that would have set him free, but would have kept his conviction in tact and would have kept him from driving for 10 years. He rejected the plea agreement, maintaining he was innocent.

The four-day hearings to determine whether Lee should get a new trial attracted scores of demonstrators, who demanded he be released immediately.

Lee was convicted for a 2006 crash after his Camry sped up an exit ramp off the highway, and hit a Oldsmobile. The driver, Javis Adams, and his 10-year-old son died. Adams’ seven-year-old niece, Devyn Bolton, survived but died a year later from her injuries.

Lee told police at the time that he pressed the brakes repeatedly but the car would not stop.

His attorney, Brent Schafer, took up the case following Toyota’s sudden acceleration recalls this past fall and winter. An expert Schafer hired said the brake filaments in Lee’s car exploded during the accident, indicating the brake lights were on even though the car was accelerating.

– Sharon Silke Carty/Drive On

Well, did it pull at your heart strings too?