You want better fuel efficiency, but don’t want to buy a hybrid. You want to reduce your fuel costs, but aren’t keen on the idea of riding your bike to work.
Here are 20 easy, affordable tips you can can implement next time you hop in your car.
20 Tips to Save on Gas
Always compare your prices: Before you head out, hop online to see who has the best gas prices in your area. Gas prices fluctuate by as much as 30-50 cents within a matter of miles of each other. GasBuddy is a fantastic resource and offers a iPhone app.Â For Androids, download a trial version of GasBot here.
Combine your trips: You donâ€™t have to go out to eat, come back, go grocery shopping, and go back out again.Â Instead, combine your trips into one to save gas money AND time!
Cruise control is your friend: When youâ€™re on the highways, get into the habit of using cruise control.Â It will help you maintain a nice, steady speed.
Watch your tire pressure: Proper tire pressure increases fuel efficiency. Get in the habit of checking your tire pressure monthly.
Watch your weight: Not your weight personally, but the loads that youâ€™re putting on board.Â Eliminate unnecessary cargo, and keep trash to a minimum.
Car pool with friends: You probably have a few co-workers that live in your area.Â Try to work out a car pool to cut your gas in half. If you can stand your co-workers, this can also alleviate boredom.
Take public transport: If you have a bus, subway, or something similar in your area, you may want to consider something like this.
Turn off your AC: Air conditioning reduces fuel economy by 10-20%.Â If itâ€™s not too hot out, roll down your windows instead. Unless you live in Arizona, that is.
Look for discounts: Gas credit cards – as well as grocery stores – offer discounts here and there.Â Take advantage of them!
Keep up to date with oil: Itâ€™s important to maintain your car regularly. Make sure you get frequent oil changes and tune ups.
Deduct your expense: This is a little off the beaten path, but remember if youâ€™re using your car for work related activities, you can use it as a tax write off!
Avoid prolonged warm ups: Even on cold mornings, 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.
Rotate your tires: As your tires get bald in the front, you may want to rotate them.Â Be sure to rotate your tires every 10,000+ miles.
Avoid the dirt roads: Try to avoid rough roads, as they can reduce fuel efficiency by 30%.
Watch your car purchase: If your car gets a lousy MPG, you may want to consider a fuel efficient car the next time you make a purchase.
Lay off the gas: Thereâ€™s no reason to speed at every green light.Â Instead, ease into acceleration.
Donâ€™t constantly brake: Give the person ahead of you some space.Â Pressing the brake burns gas.
Buy gasoline during coolest time of day: Early morning or late evening is best. During these times gasoline is densest. Keep in mind – gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to “volume of measurement”.
Donâ€™t idle: When you run into the store or leave you car for a few minutes, its best to shut it down, rather than let it run.
Ditch the big cars: Do you really need that truck or SUV?Â If you donâ€™t need it, get a smaller car.
- Feeling up for a challenge? Take the Drive Smarter Challenge for even more money-saving tips.
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Thanks to our guest blogger! This post was contributed by Elizabeth C. Elizabeth helps run FindGasCards, a gas credit card/auto blog helping those around the globe save on gas, as well as get great auto tips!
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