High Gas Prices: How to Avoid Pain at the Pump
On top of work and running errands, you still have to cart the kids around to daycare, playdates, and extracurriculars. How can you possibly get all that done without doing damage to your wallet? Try these ingenious tips to stay within your budget.
Avoid Midday Fueling
It may sounds strange, but filling up in the morning or at night may save you serious bucks. When fuel is cooler it gets denser giving your tank more gas for your cash. After a while, that spare change will add up, so avoid the pumps during the heat of the day.
Get the Junk Out of Your Trunk
Remove any unnecessary items you may be storing in your car. That weight causes your car to burn through more fuel, so from now on, travel light.
Go with the Flow
Moving with the flow of traffic is key when it comes to using your gas efficiently. Constant stopping and starting will burn right through your tank. When you accelerate, make sure you do so slowly and give yourself plenty of time and room to brake.
Keep Your Car in Tip-Top Shape
Routine maintenance is essential for an efficient vehicle. You’d be surprised at what a tuneup can do for your mileage. Properly inflated tires and a clean air filter will have you going farther on your tank.
Map out your day ahead of time so you can find the route that runs your car the least amount of miles. Find ways to take care of errands locally and use maps, your GPS, or your computer to make sure you’ve planned an efficient trip.
Take it Slow
Speeding is the easiest way to minimize your mileage, so stick to the speed limit and use every last drop of gas you have.
Get on Board
Want to do your part for the environment
and save money? Check out the public transportation options in your area—they may be more convenient than you think.
Lower Your Octane
Drivers can switch to low-octane fuel, which is a great deal cheaper than premium gas. Of course, if you have a high-performance engine, stick with the good stuff.
Roll Up Those Windows
A common mistake drivers make is turning off the air conditioner and rolling down the windows. Yes, your AC does burn fuel, but driving with the windows down burns even more! Closed windows increase the aerodynamic efficiency of your car, which wastes less gas.
Lighten Up on the Oil
It’s not just a diet trick! Using the lightest grade of oil recommended by your automobile’s manufacturer will save gas because lighter oil decreases friction in the engine, making your car work a little less.
Turn off Your Engines
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