18 Tips for Saving Money on Gasoline
By Fisher Swanson
Gas prices are on the rise again! Here are some tips to help you
conserve gas and save money as we approach summer gas prices.
1. Keep your car tuned up. Cars in poor running condition use
2. Plan trips well to avoid unnecessary driving.
3. When you run your air conditioner you get much worse gas
mileage. Use your air conditioner sparingly. If you have a lower setting, use
it. Turn it on until the car gets cool, then turn it off and let the fan
circulate the cool air. Never run your air conditioner with your windows open!
4. Keep your windows closed when traveling at high speeds. Open
windows cause additional drag and lower your gas mileage. At high speeds, an
open window can use more gas than many air conditioners (especially if they are
on a low setting).
5. Check your tire pressure. Over-inflated tires can actually
reduce your fuel efficiency, so don't overfill.
6. If at all possible, change your work start time to avoid
gridlock. Stop and go traffic hurts your gas mileage.
7. Take unneeded items out of the car. You don't need to carry
snow chains around with you in the summertime. Just make sure to put them back
in when winter comes around.
8. Try not to idle your engine for long periods of time. If you
are stuck in traffic and you don't think you are going to go anywhere in the
next five minutes, you may want to turn your car off.
9. You no longer need to warm your car up for long periods of
time, especially new cars. New cars are made to run when cold.
10. Don't travel at fast speeds in low gears unless you need the
compression to slow down.
11. Try to drive the speed limit.
12. Try to accelerate slowly when leaving the stop light. It's
not a competition with the driver in the lane next to you. The fastest person
through the intersection just gets to spend more on gas.
13. No need to buy the highest priced gasoline. Most cars are
built to run on regular unleaded. Check you owners manual or consult a mechanic.
I have had many tell me that the more expensive gas is a waste of money.
14. Revving the engine needlessly wastes gas. There is no need
to rev before you turn your vehicle off.
15. If at all possible, try to arrange car pools with co-workers
to share the cost of commuting to work.
16. Walk, bike or run to your intended location whenever
17. When the price is sky high, don't fill up. Wait for the
price to go down before you fill up your tank. Filling up your tank when the
price is peaking lets gas companies know that you are willing to pay ridiculous
prices for gasoline.
18. And last, the biggest and most important step towards saving
money on gas is always try to purchase vehicles that get good gas mileage. The
difference between 20 miles-per-gallon and 40 miles-per-gallon is huge.
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