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Multiple Ways To Save Money On Gas

05-24-2013 00:00:00

The price of gasoline in America seems to be stuck in high gear. For a while we hoped for the day gas prices would drop back down to below $2 per gallon but nowadays we just hope the price of gas won't go back up near or above $5 per gallon.

Getting an electric or hybrid vehicle is the best way to go if you are seeking out optimal fuel efficiency but most of us cannot afford those options.

With that in mind we must do what we can with what we have. Driving habits are directly linked to how much gas you use or lose. Consider these tips on how to save money on gas:

  • Avoid aggressive acceleration and hard stops - gradual acceleration and coasting to a stop uses less fuel. Driving respectfully and responsibly also decreases the need for rapid acceleration and deceleration.

  • Freeways and highways are preferential to city streets for fuel economy - frequent starting and stopping reduces fuel efficiency.

  • Turning off your engine during long stops - Studies show that turning off then turning on the ignition is a better option than idling if the stop lasts more than 15 seconds.

  • Consider buying a vehicle with manual transmission, it is more fuel efficient.

  • If you have automatic transmission then shift into neutral at red lights or other long stops to conserve fuel.

  • If you have manual transmission avoid down shifting as a way to slow down. It runs up the RPMs and this burns more gas.

  • For those with manual transmission - newer transmissions are more efficient. You will actually get better gas mileage by shifting later than sooner. [Tip: shifting is more about learning the sounds of your engine and how they change with different road and driving conditions rather than blindly using your speedometer as a guide. Shifting down or up too early or too late can cause your engine to work harder which will use up more gas than is necessary.]

  • When trying to cool off - At speeds below 50 mph rolling down your windows is more fuel efficient while above 50 mph your A/C is more efficient.

  • Maintaining proper tire pressure can improve your fuel efficiency by just over 3%.

  • Keeping your vehicle tuned up can improve your mileage by as much as 40%.

  • Following scheduled oil changes and using the proper grade of oil can improve mileage by 2-3%.

  • Cruise control will help you to conserve fuel but if your vehicle doesn't come with this feature then just do your best to maintain a consistent speed during long runs.

  • Reduce weight by emptying your vehicle of unnecessary items.

  • Cut down on wind resistance - if you own a truck either replace your standard tail gate with a net or get a cover for your truck bed.

  • Cut down on wind resistance - remove cargo racks when not in use.

  • Carpool and use public transportation as much as possible.

  • Drive with one foot - placing one foot on the gas and the other on the brake will inevitably cause you to use excessive fuel and place undue wear on your brakes.

  • Map out your route ahead of time and combine your trips to use less gas.

Do your best to follow these suggestions but know that you can also save money by learning which gas station to avoid or frequent.

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