Petroleum engineer busts gas mileage myths
“The reality is, there are very few things that you can do to save your pain at the pump,” stated UH’s Chief Energy Officer Ramanan Krishnamoorti.
HOUSTON — As gasoline costs proceed to rise at gasoline pumps throughout the nation, extra individuals are prepared to attempt something to stretch their finances, even testing unverified methods shared on social media.
“These are desperate times,” stated Ramanan Krishnamoorti, the Chief Energy Officer for the University of Houston. “You don’t want to be hurt at the gas pump each time you go to fill up.”
AAA reports the nationwide common for a gallon of standard unleaded gasoline is inching nearer to $5. Today’s statewide common for a gallon of standard unleaded, based on AAA, is $4.60, up .04 in simply 24 hours, and greater than $.34 from final week.
“For two years we’ve not been able to do anything because of the pandemic, and now that we can, it hurts,” stated Krishnamoorti. “The smarter thing to do is fill up your tires. Make sure the pressure’s right. Drive conservatively. Don’t be a lead foot.”
Krishnamoorti, who can also be a UH Professor of Petroleum Engineering is debunking gas-saving myths being unfold in a Facebook put up. The well-liked put up means that filling up your car within the morning is healthier, as a result of floor temperatures are cooler, making gasoline saved in underground tanks extra dense.
“The ground temperature doesn’t change a whole lot,” defined Krishnamoorti. “It changes with seasons. But day and night, it doesn’t change a whole lot.”
So if you happen to’re questioning if filling up your gas tank within the morning will assist your gas mileage, Krishnamoorti stated, “that’s a myth. Whether you gas up in the morning or night makes very, very little difference.”
He additionally stated the stress you place on the nozzle whereas fueling up, doesn’t affect gas mileage, both.
“Filling it up slowly, fast doesn’t make a whole lot of difference,” stated Krishnamoorti. “The reality is, there are very few things that you can do to save your pain at the pump.”
The petroleum professional stated trendy gas pumps are designed to stop vaporization. While the Facebook put up suggests you refill when your car is right down to a half-tank of gasoline, the UH professor confirmed, that alone won’t enhance mileage both.
“Good driving habits, not only are they safer, but they will save you gas.”