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7 Proven Tips for Saving Gas

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that Americans are driving more than ever.  In fact, 2018 marked the fifth year in a row more than 3 trillion miles were traveled.  Even though cars are becoming more fuel efficient, gasoline is still a major expense in the American household and you still will want to do everything you possibly can to save on the money you have to pay for gas.  The 7 best tips for saving gas are:

  • Drive Less
  • Accelerate Moderately
  • Public Transportation
  • Price Shop
  • Carpooling
  • Plan Your Trips
  • Car Maintenance

Following these gas saving tips will lead to more money in your pocket at the end of the month.  Let’s explore these tips.

Tip#1 – Drive Less

Businessman on Bicycle

You can save some money on gas if you start walking or riding a bicycle to where you are going.  You will not have to worry about paying to park your car, and the exercise will be great for your health.  Many cities have initiatives where they are adding bike lanes and sharing the road.  Most notably, if you are walking or biking, you will not have to worry about those huge traffic jams.

Tip #2 – Accelerate Moderately

Accelerating too fast or too slow does not give the best fuel economy.  Flooring the gas pedal and getting up to the desired speed consumes the most fuel.  Alternatively, getting up to cruising speed too slow also is inefficient with fuel.  The best fuel economy comes from the top gears.  When you take a long time to accelerate your vehicle, the car spends a lot of time in the lower, less fuel-efficient gears.

Tip#3 – Public Transportation

Public Transportation

If it is possible you can take public transportation to work instead of driving your car.  Not only will this save you money on gas, but you will also be able to relax and not worry about having to drive through all that rush hour traffic.  You may even be able to fit in a quick nap on your way to work or on your way home.

Tip#4 – Price Shop

Often it may be so convenient to buy your gas at the small gas station just up the road, but to save some money on gas you may want to check the prices at other gas stations that are nearby, as well.  Even if the difference is only a few cents, after putting hundreds of gallons of gas in your vehicle each year, those few cents are going to add up to quite a sum of money.  The most efficient way is to plan ahead when your gas tank is around a quarter of a tank.  If you pass by a handful of gas stations, you can stop when it is convenient to go saving both time and money.

Tip#5 – Carpooling

Carpooling is a great idea for fellow students, co-workers, and friends. If you can find people that are going to the same place you are you can save gas by riding together.  Especially, if you live near each other or others live between you and the common destination. It may be a good idea to trade off on who is driving from week to week so no one person gets stuck having to drive all the time.  Alternatively, the passengers can help reimburse the driving by paying for a tank of gas.  If you must take your children to school, sports, or other functions you can also work on trading off with your friends and neighbors to take them there.

Tip #6 – Plan Your Trips

Combining your stops in one trip save time and fuel.  Your fuel economy is worse when the engine is cold and is warming up.  In addition, thinking through your errands prior to leaving will help prevent backtracking on your route.  Finally, consider taking right turns.  Major package delivery companies plan their routes this way and MythBusters proved it!  Traveling a few extra yards is more fuel efficient than wait for traffic to clear for a left-hand turn.

Tip#7 – Car Maintenance

It is always important to take care of your car, so it gets the best gas mileage possible.  It is best to follow the manufacturer’s car maintenance schedule.  Common maintenance tasks that have a direct impact on fuel economy are:

  • Tune Ups – Replacing the ignition components, such as the spark plugs, with quality parts will have your engine delivering optimal fuel economy.
  • Tire Inflation – The manufacturer recommends the tire pressures that are best for your vehicle.  Typically, these pressures are indicated on a sticker in the driver’s door jamb or in the vehicle’s owner’s manual.  Under-inflated tires increase the rolling resistance by causing more of the rubber to be in contact with the road.
  • Air Filter – Combustion occurs when gasoline, air, and a spark occur together.  If your engine is not receiving the correct amount of air or clean air, your car may not be performing like it should.
  • Proper Motor Oil – Not using the correct grade of oil and your engine may not be lubricating like it should.

Even as gas prices fluctuate, these tips can still help you to save money.  Conservation is important, so take advantage of these tips, save money, and save gas.

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