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Politicians can directly impact gasoline prices: This has been one of the more debated misconceptions. Crude oil prices make up the bulk of gasoline prices, and crude oil prices are set by the global market. Politicians can impact gasoline prices indirectly, but there is little direct impact they can have.
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Gas stations make a huge profit off gasoline: Many drivers unfairly believe that gas stations are raking in huge profits on gasoline sales. In fact, it’s the opposite. Gas stations make cents on the dollar.
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Get gas in the morning: This myth really depends on where you live. Gasoline does expand as it warms, meaning you get less gasoline volume when it’s warm. In most places, this isn’t a concern, but Texas is a different story. You might get a few extra drops of gasoline by buying in the morning.
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Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve could lower prices: This is obviously not true. President Barack Obama tapped the reserve, and drivers barely noticed a difference.
Oil companies produce less in the spring: During the spring months, consumers usually see an increase in the price of gasoline. However, it isn’t because oil companies are reducing production. The increase usually happens because refineries are switching from winter to summer blends and tighter supply due to refinery maintenance.
Turn off the air conditioner, roll down the windows: It’s a popular myth that you can save fuel by turning off the air conditioner and rolling down the windows on the freeway. Sadly, there isn’t much of a saving in doing it. However, you can see a fuel savings by turning off your air conditioner and keeping your windows up.
Overinflating your tires: Some people claim overinflating your tires can help save your money by improve the rolling resistance of the car, but it doesn’t hold up when tested. Overinflating your tires gives you a bumpier ride and a very minimum increase in fuel economy.
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Gas savings products increase gas mileage: Some products do help improve gas mileage, but a bulk of them don’t do what they say. The Federal Trade Commission tested more than 100 devices and found 25 percent didn’t improve gas mileage. A few even damaged the engines.
An English company has made gasoline with only air and electricity, causing experts to call the new technology a “game changer” against climate change and a solution to the global energy crisis.
Air Fuel Synthesis, which developed the technology, uses sodium hydroxide as a filter to capture carbon dioxide from air, according to The Telegraph. Hydrogen, which is harvested from water, is mixed with the carbon dioxide to produce methanol.
The methanol is then passed through a gasoline fuel reactor to create gasoline, according to The Telegraph.
The company has produced five liters of gasoline using the technology, The Telegraph reported. The company claims it can be used in any gasoline-powered vehicle.
“It has the potential to become a great British success story, which opens up a crucial opportunity to reduce carbon emissions,” Stephen Tetlow, the IMechE chief executive, told The Telegraph.
The British Institution of Mechanical Engineers has backed the technology, but no major oil companies have jumped on board with the technology.
The company hopes to expand its operations to the point where it can produce gasoline in larger quantities from the technology.
Critics have been skeptical of the technology, saying it would likely take more energy to produce the gasoline.
As Forbes wrote, the gaping hole in the process is that it would require a vast amount of energy that could be used in a more efficiently way.
“The system works in its chemistry, but it would be a very silly manner indeed of using the energy that process would require,” Forbes wroet.