With Gas Prices on the rise
again we can save a small fortune by utilizing different ways to save on Gas. Below you will find a few ways to save some extra cash at the pump:
1.) CHANGE YOUR DRIVING HABITS!
Brake – the RIGHT way. A car consumes the most gas as it accelerates. A moving car doesn't require as much gasoline to keep moving (due to the inherent inertia). What this means is that you need to keep your ride as smooth as possible. When there is heavy traffic keep as much distance as you can from the car in front of you. Do not step on the gas just keep idling smoothly as you approach the car in front. Try to use the brake as little as possible. Anticipate the Red Light and slowly make your way up rather than breaking at the last minute – this can easily save you 10% – 20% on gas mileage.
Turn off the Air Conditioner! I live in Florida and in the middle of July I wouldn't DARE to turn off the AC but if you can – do it! The air compressor in your car works your cars motor and thus reduces fuel economy. Park in the shade and utilize visors to keep your car cool in the hot months.
Driving slower, using cruise control when you can, and turning the car off if you anticipate idling for more than 1 minute will all save you gas as well.
2.) DRIVE LESS!
Obviously, right? Public transportation can be your friend! Also carpooling can help as well. Combine errands into one trip to eliminate frequent trips. Walking and biking are great exercise and if where you need to go is close by – why not?
3.) Regular Car maintenance
It's the little things people forget to do regularly that can save you the most at the pump. Keep an eye on your tires! Inflate your tires to the specified level, and keep them all the same. This will reduce the contact area of your tire to the road and therefore reduce the friction.
Replace your air filter when you need to and do it yourself! Local auto stores offer books and computer wizards to quickly locate which filter fits your car. Find the housing compartment (usually in the upper right corner under the hood of your car), take out the screws and replace it yourself.
What ways do you save on Gas? Feel free to share in the comments below!
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