Gas prices are rising again and saving money at the pump doesn’t just mean shopping around for cheap gas. Regular maintenance, driving at a steady speed and mapping out your errands are just some of the tips that might help to keep a little money in your wallet when you fill up.
Ten Tips To Help Save Money on Gas
Do not fill your gas tank to the top. Chances are that your over-filled tank will flow over and out of your tank. When you’re done putting gas in your tank, tighten the cap. A loose (or missing) gas cap will cause gas to evaporate in the tank which is not going to help you save money on gas!
Don’t waste gas looking for the best price: Driving around looking for the lowest price on gas is not a good idea. You will waste more gas looking than the pennies you save seeking out the lowest gas price. If you’re really intent on finding the lowest gas prices near you, try one of these websites that list the best gas prices in your area. Just keep in mind that gas prices tend to change quickly so the price may be higher than stated on the website by the time you get to the pump.
Junk in the trunk? Clean your car out. All that junk you have in the trunk is costing you For every 100 extra pounds carried around, your vehicle loses 1 to 2% in fuel efficiency.
Have a pickup truck? Make sure your tailgate is up when you are driving. Some people believe that more fuel can be saved when the tailgate is down, but this is not true. You will be dragging more air behind you if your tailgate is down, which will lower your fuel economy. Adding a strong bed cover on your pickup can help even more with gas savings.
Do not make a special trip out just to get gas. This is a no-brainer. Combine your trip to the gas station with other errands. Constantly getting in your car to run one small errand is not only a huge waste of your time, it’s going to give you the worst possible fuel economy. If you have a GPS, use it! Find the shortest route with the least amount of traffic lights and stop signs.
Check your tire pressure on a regular basis. If your tires aren’t properly inflated, your engine has to work harder to move the car. The harder your engine works, the more gas you will waste.
Get regular oil changes. It is recommended that oil be changed every 5,000 miles but check with your car manufacturer for information geared specifically to your car. Using energy conserving oil (the oil will be labeled as energy conserving) when you get an oil change is another great way to keep your fuel economy up!
General Maintenance: Check your air filter regularly and if you’re overdue for a tune up, schedule one as soon as possible to save money on gas. When you bring your car in for a scheduled oil change, make sure you ask to have your tires rotated and aligned– this will help improve fuel efficiency.
Slow down! Driving steadily and not exceeding the speed limit can help with fuel economy. Constantly slowing down and then speeding up wastes gas. Not only does the speed limit indicate a safe speed for driving, it is an indication of the best speed for maximum fuel efficiency. On average, for every 5 mph you reduce speed on the highway, you can lower fuel consumption by 7%.
Check your gas cap. A loose gas cap causes escaping fumes that will hurt your fuel economy — not to mention adding to the air pollution. Tighten up your gas cap or replace it if it’s broken.