Gas prices continue to be, shall we say, “flexible”!
It seems almost daily they vary, up, down, and back up again. And many of the old ways of judging whether they’ll be rising (upcoming holidays, for example) are slowly being replaced with constant question about what you’ll pay today.
Listen to the news, and the experts agree that we’ll never return to “the good old days” of low gas prices, and even as most areas of the country have seen prices drop from around $4.00 a gallon to a more reasonable $2.75 – we all know the days of $1.50/gallon are long gone and never to return.
Many people, once trapped in their gas-guzzling SUV’s and trucks have moved to more fuel-efficient cars. And, although this can help, there are always ways you can get as much mileage out of your vehicle as possible, and save as much of YOUR money as you can.
Here are some Top-Tips on how to save money on Gas!
Tip #1 – Get it Half-Priced
This is the most exciting of the options.
A new company, just launched, offers a membership-type program that gives rebates on your monthly gas costs!
We’re all familiar with membership clubs like Costco, right? You pay a membership fee and buy products and services at a steep discount.
This works the same way. For a $10/month membership fee, you have the right to buy your gas just as you normally would. Then, you submit a voucher monthly with your receipts, and you are rebated back 50% of your costs!
Tip #2 – Use the right oil
Check your owners manual – and when you get your oil changed insist they use the manufacturer’s recommendations.
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That’s good for a 1-2% improvement, so says fueleconomy.gov!
Tip #3 – Remove the Phat!
I’m terribly careless at this. I tend to use my car as an alternate storage location – books, shoes, sports equipment, and the list goes on.
Want proof? an extra 100 pounds in your car can reduce your mileage by up to 2%!
So clean out the car and be serious about it.
(and, if you’re like me, loosing weight wouldn’t hurt either!)
Tip #4 – Cleaner air for all!
Proper maintenance goes a long way! Want proof?
Replacing a neglected Air Filter that’s become clogged and dirty can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%!!!
Tip #5 – Go slow, quickly.
Accelerate from a stop slowly, and look far down the road.
Do your utmost to avoid stop-and-start situations! If you can ease off the speed a bit and coast to avoid having to stop and then accelerate again, you can increase your mileage around town by about 5%.
Funny thing, it’s even MORE effective on the interstate!!!! Aggressive driving, weaving, slowing down with full-throttle acceleration to pass can decrease highway mileage by 33%!
Set a speed, plan ahead, drive safe, and keep it nice and steady (using cruise control sometimes helps!) and watch a gas mileage increase!
Tip #6 – Tire Pressure
Check your tires, and keep them inflated to the recommended psi on the sidewall.
You can improve your mileage approximately 3.3% just by doing this!
Tip #7 – Don’t idle
Idling gets you ZERO (0) MPG.
If you’re idling at a long light – turn off the car.
Nope, you won’t waste more energy than if you just sat there.