It’s hard not to cringe as you drive around town and notice that gas prices will surely put a hole in your pocket book. Saving only a few cents per gallon of gas can be beneficial because we all know it’s expensive to fill up. Just because gas prices are consistently high, doesn’t mean it’s impossible to save money. Check out these tips to make sure you’re saving as much as possible!
- Avoid constant acceleration and braking: Drive sensibly, constant acceleration and braking will waste your gas. Try to coast as much as possible while driving, it will save you some cash and it is much safer!
- Carpooling: From driving the kids to school to hopping in your co-worker’s car for the commute to work, carpooling is one of the best ways to save on fuel. It also is better for the environment!
- Align your tires: Make sure your tires are aligned. If they aren’t, it will make your engine work harder and your tires will wear out much faster than they should.
- Tune ups: Regularly scheduled tune-ups will ensure that your engine is working efficiently, which will maximize your MPG capabilities. Besides, it’s good to know your car is running well!
- Invest in a GPS: Having a GPS is great for saving fuel. You won’t have to drive around and waste gas to find your destination. GPS’s can also find you the shortest routes to the places you need to be.
- Pump up the tires: Check the pounds per square inch (PSI) of your tires every week to make sure they are fully inflated. If your tires are missing air, it puts more stress on your car’s engine. Don’t inflate them too much or they could be prone for a blowout. The recommended PSI should be available on the tires.
- Slow down: Simply reducing your speed will save you gas. Just reduce your speed by 5 MPH and watch your gas mileage improve. This can help on road trips, especially if you set your cruise control a few miles per hour lower than usual.
- Turn your car off: Try not to leave your car running if it’s in an idle position for more than 30 seconds. If you’re waiting to pick someone up, then just turn off the car and get out. This will save you some cash in the long run!
- Change the air filter: A clean air filter can make a big difference in your gas mileage. Make sure to change to see if it needs to be changed every time you go in for an oil change.
- Walk or bike short distances: If you have to run some errands that are close to home then just walk or ride your bike. It will save you gas and it can be good exercise too!
Remember these tips and hopefully it will help your average tank of gas last a little bit longer. If you have any more gas saving tips then please let us know!
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