Heat Costs Drivers Dollars at the Pump

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

This summer's drought and heat have already made a huge impact on farmers, livestock, and your water bill. Now, motorists are concerned about August's sweltering temperatures.

Drivers are asking if the heat is costing them dollars at the pump.

It's an escalating concern; is this summer's heat keeping drivers from getting all they paid for at the pump?

"It does," says motorist Christ Coates. “It probably cuts it a good mile per gallon."

"My car usually gets three hundred fifty per tank," adds motorist Jayne Thompson. I'm getting two hundred miles per tank right now."

The worry is that the heat is causing gas to evaporate quicker. And drivers are coming up with their own solutions to the problem.

"Well, I've always heard that if you fill up late at night when it's real cool that, the later, the better, you could get more gas than you could now," says motorist Keith Hughes.

But according to Jimmy Chafton, drivers shouldn't sweat so much over the heat.

"The modern day car computer compensates for the heat and the cold," says Jimmy. "The heat does cause gas to evaporate faster, so, you will get a slight loss, but today's modern cars are supposed to contain that."

Instead, Jimmy suggests that a number of other factors are fueling high gas prices. Those include aggressive driving and, of course, putting the air conditioning on full blast.

"The air conditioner will cause the engine to work a little bit harder and affect your gas mileage," explains Jimmy.

But if you wanted to know how much difference can be made by the heat alone, Jimmy says it's next to nothing.

"I would only say the actual heat itself wouldn't make more than a two to five dollar difference a month," says Jimmy.

Jimmy adds that as long as you are taking the proper steps to maintain your car, you should be getting optimum gas mileage.


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