Almost everyone wants to save on fuel, that’s a given. The good news is that by changing our driving habits, making sure our vehicle is properly maintained and in good condition, properly inflating our tires, and opting for the most fuel-efficient vehicle in a given segment (or a hybrid or electric vehicle), we will undoubtedly see a reduction in fuel costs.
On the other hand, opting for a fuel saver will not unfortunately have an impact on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, at least according to several publications who, over the years, have tested these products. Studies from Consumer Reports, Car and Driver, CAA-Quebec, and Popular Mechanics, to name a few, show that many times fuel savers have no impact on fuel consumption, and sometimes they can even damage your vehicle’s mechanics.
Moreover, many companies have been fined or banned from selling their fuel saving products in recent years. Examples include:
BioPerformance – a small pill that was banned by a court in Texas in 2007.
Fuel Saver – heavily fined in both Canada and the United States for false advertising.
PVI – fined in 2002 for false advertising.
Econopro – banned from the market in 2006 for creating a product that had no effect whatsoever on fuel economy.
In the end, there are no miracle products to save fuel, so save your money instead!
Thank you to Halton Honda for their help with this article.