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These days it seems everyone is doing a whole lot of driving, whether it is to work, to go grocery shopping, or to take the kids to and from activities. With all of that driving comes the constant need to fill your car up with gas.
What You Can Do to Save Money on Gas
When it comes to figuring out how you can save money on gas, you need to focus on the things that you can control. There are a number of ways that you can save money on gas for your car – from changing your driving behavior to better planning.
Here are some ways you can save money on gas today:
1. Driving Less
Try combining errands in one trip instead of multiple trips that might bring you into the same part of town. Also, consider another form of transportation such as a bike or even walk if it isn’t too far.
2. Reduce the Time You Warm up Your Car
You shouldn’t warm your car up for too long even in cold weather. Leaving it running for too long wastes fuel and money with little to no gain since most new cars do not require the engines to be warmed up.
3. Drive at a Reduced and More Constant Speed
Driving excessively fast will increase fuel consumption as it increases the drag on the car. Constant speed changes will also increase fuel consumption and that will also reduce your car’s gas mileage.
4. Be More Cognizant of Your Braking
Avoid having to slam on the brakes when coming to a light and always leave a safe distance in between you and the car in front of you. Quick and frequent stops can cause your engine to work harder.
5. Don’t Idle When Waiting to Pick Someone up
When waiting to pick someone up, try turning the engine off – even at an idle you are wasting gas.
6. Don’t Drive with Your Windows Down
Driving with your windows down can cause excess drag on the car, which will make the engine have to work harder to maintain normal speed. Consider cracking your windows open just a little to allow for a slight breeze.
7. Don’t Fill up Your Car at a Gas Station Near a Highway
Try to avoid stopping at gas stations near the highway as those gas stations are likely going to charge $0.05 – $0.15 more per gallon than at a gas station just a few miles further away.
8. Avoid Waiting Too Long to Stop for Gas
You should try to refill your gas tank before you get too close to empty otherwise you may end up paying more for gas when you are in a rush to fill your tank.
Do you have other tips to save money on gas? Share them in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.