No matter if gas prices are on the rise or are temporarily falling, tips to help save money at the pump are always welcome- especially if the ideas are practically effortless.
Implement these simple strategies and you will be filling your tank less frequently, saving your hard-earned money in return, and reducing your carbon footprint to boot!
Every time you get behind the wheel:
- Maintain a steady speed at the designated limit-driving 55 instead of 60mph can reduce fuel consumption by nearly 10%.
- Accelerate slowly on gravel or slippery roads to prevent wasted gas from slippage as well as extra-wear on your tires.
- Drive steadily-unnecessary steering wheel movements cause fuel-burning tire drag.
- Refrain from using the air conditioning at lower speeds.
- Avoid unnecessary braking-use rolling resistance to lessen brake-wear and gas consumption.
- Turn the vehicle off at red lights, idling quite simply wastes gas.
- Avoid "jack rabbit" starts which, not only increase fuel usage, they are hard on tires.
Service your vehicle regularly! It may cost a little extra in the short-term, but you'll save on gas and extend the life of your vehicle in the long-run.
Keep in mind that:
Under-inflated tires can increase gas usage by 10% .
Changing spark plugs regularly can substantially save on fuel .
Balanced, aligned and properly inflated tires make for a smoother ride, thereby enhancing gas preservation.