Today's gas prices are reaching historic highs—higher than many families can afford. Consumers all over the country are wondering, "How do I manage to keep these gas prices from getting the best of me?" If you use a car, check out these tips to help you get the most miles out of your buck when gassing up.
Use the Recommended Grade Gas for Your Car
While most cars these days recommend regular grade fuel, some recommend a higher grade. Either way, it is best to use the recommended grade for your car (but not higher) so your car will perform at its best. To find out the grade recommended for your car, look in the owner's manual. Also when gassing up, do not top off past the automatic shut-off, as this may lead to spills that waste gas.
Keep Your Car Properly Maintained
Keeping your car in tip-top shape will help keep your fuel economy up. In particular, keeping your tire pressure at the highest recommended levels will increase your mileage per gallon by decreasing road friction. Tire pressure is something you can easily monitor and adjust yourself with a simple air pressure gauge and air refills at your local gas station.
Another way to increase your mileage is to check and change your air filter as needed. According to Edmunds.com, you should change your filter every 12,000 miles. A clean air filter will reduce the strain on the engine, and increase your fuel economy.
Lastly, make sure your car is free of clutter inside, the extra weight will increase the total weight of your car and decrease your gas mileage. Unless you use it regularly and often, remove the roof-rack from your car. It increases wind resistance and drag.
Carpool When Possible
Look for families in your neighborhood with children who attend your school and start a carpool. This can be a good way to save gas and develop great family and friend networks. Also, check with your coworkers to see if you can set up a carpool to and from work. You may be surprised to learn how many coworkers are also your neighbors!
If you work in an office setting, talk with your manager or an HR representative about offering staff the possibility of working from home one day a week. It's a no-cost benefit a company can offer which most workers appreciate—especially when the price of gas is high!