It can be frustrating trying to navigate the massive amount of information and misinformation on gasoline and fuel economy in order to adopt good habits. Here, we separate fact from fiction so you can see your way more clearly when it comes to the often controversial topic of automotive fuel.

On your next visit to the service station, don’t leave your vehicle running. Not only have there been reports of explosions, but your vehicle will also consume more gasoline when idling at the pump than it does during a shorter stop, for instance, at a traffic light. In the past, vehicles with a carburetor used a significant amount of gasoline when starting up. However, today’s fuel-injected engines use very little gas when you turn on the ignition. This is why it’s recommended to turn off your engine if you’ll be stopped for more than 60 seconds.

Did you know that you’re not allowed to use your cell phone while filling up your tank? There have been several known cases of fires breaking out at gas stations as a result of the static electricity generated by mobile phones. Another myth to bust: many people think it’s better to fill your tank in the morning while it’s still cool, given the fact that gasoline expands as it heats up. Not true! The fuel in gas station storage tanks is maintained at a constant temperature of approximately 15 °C, morning, noon and night, all year long. So there’s no right or wrong time of day to fill your tank.

Octane rating isn’t synonymous with performance

An octane rating is simply a measurement of the gasoline’s resistance to detonation. The lower the octane rating, the more easily the gasoline will explode. Most high-performance vehicles are designed to use high-octane fuel because their engine runs at very high temperatures. If your vehicle calls for premium gasoline and you fill your tank with regular, the fuel will ignite too early, resulting in knocking, loss of power and possible breakdown. On the other hand, there’s no advantage to filling your tank with premium when your vehicle calls for regular: not only will you pay more, but there’s also a risk of the fuel not igniting with each rise of the pistons, which will clog the cylinders and reduce the power generated by the engine. That’s why it’s important to stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations, only using the type of gas your vehicle is meant to use.

Fuel savings in vehicles less than 15 years old

Everyone hopes to save gasoline every single day. However, don’t let certain myths stand in the way of your comfort and driving pleasure! In most vehicles less than 15 years old, running the air conditioner or rolling down the windows has no effect on gasoline consumption. The aerodynamic design of today’s vehicles prevents the air from creating any significant drag.

For real fuel economy, choose your next vehicle wisely. Solution Mazda in Châteauguay offers you a vast selection of vehicles equipped with SKYACTIV technology, which combines performance with energy efficiency. For more information, give us a call at 1-844-617-9600.