Gas never seems to stop getting more expensive. In fact, more and more people are starting to base entire car purchases almost solely on fuel economy, and no one can blame them! However, if you’re not in the market for a new car, there are still plenty of things you can do to save a bit of money at the tank.
While it may seem like you’re using much gas because you’re not moving, idling is a quick way to run through a full tank. Avoid idling whenever you can, whether that’s outside waiting to pick-up a friend or sitting in the drive-through line for something to eat.
Keep your Car in Good Shape
Performing proper and frequent maintenance on your car will help it to run more efficiently. Check with your car’s owner manual to see how often certain services should be performed. In addition to helping you save on gas, keeping your car maintained can help you save on your car insurance.
Drive at a Constant Speed
Obviously, this isn’t always possible. However, you want to do your best to avoid speedy accelerations and hard braking. Speedy accelerations and the need to brake quickly is one of the fastest ways to squander your gas.
People have a tendency to fly down the highway at 90 MPH and wonder why they aren’t getting good gas mileage. Going above about 45-50 MPH will drastically lower your fuel efficiency.
Use your A/C Diligently
Did you know driving with your windows down on the freeway creates increased drag which forces your car to use more gas? Use your A/C on the highway on a hot day, and roll your windows down while you’re in the city.
Check Out Public Transportation
The best way to save gas is to not drive at all. Check out the public transit in your area and find out if you have a viable way to work or school. If that doesn’t work, see if you can carpool with friends/coworkers!
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