While taking summer trips can be a blast, looking at gas
prices can be a bummer. And here’s the kicker: they’re probably not
getting better anytime soon.
You may already be saving on gas through grocery-store
specific programs like Fuelperks, but there are a lot of other things
you and your family can do to save even more!
10 Ways to Save Money on Gas:
1. Use your most gas-efficient vehicle. If
you own more than one car, use the one that gets the best gas mileage
most often and especially on long trips. My husband and I look at who is driving the most miles that day and they take the car that gets the best gas mileage. It is the car we use most of the time when we are together. You’ll save on gas and maybe even simplify your schedule.
2. Obey the speed limit. I know it sounds
boring, but driving at a slower speed can actually reduce the amount of
gas you end up using. Driving at 55 mph is 15% more efficient than
driving at 65 mph.
3. Keep your vehicle healthy and happy. By
maintaining your car with the basic upkeeps (oil changes, air filter,
etc.), you can keep your car happy and running most efficiently.
4. Clean out your trunk & decrease drag.
Extra weight equals extra gas. Clean out the random clutter from your
trunk to make your car lighter and, in turn, to use less gas. If you
travel with a luggage rack or bicycle rack, consider removing it when
not in use. It will make your car more aerodynamic, more efficient, and
less gas will be used.
5. Avoid idling. Turn your car off when
you’re waiting in that school pick-up line. If your car is going to be
still for more than a minute, it will take more gas to run the engine
than it will to restart the car.
6. Tighten up your gas cap. Lots of people
drive around with broken, cracked, or missing gas caps. Gas can
actually evaporate right out of that broken cap causing you to lose some
of what’s in your tank. Turn your cap until it clicks after you’re done
pumping gas or, if your cap is broken, have it replaced. This can also
cost money by killing your oxygen sensors in your engine and those are
an easy $150 to replace.
7. Check your air pressure. By keeping
your tires properly inflated (not under and not over), you can save up
to 11¢ per gallon! Each car’s proper pressure is different, so check
your manufacturer’s sticker to see where yours should be.
8. Join Gas Rewards programs. Many national chain gas stations have rewards and discount programs. Also look for grocery stores offering gas savings
promotions and coupons. We do the fuel perks at the grocery stores and that helps a lot. Also certain times of the year Walmart will offer discounts on gas if you fill up with a gift card. We will buy the gift card and use it to buy gas at a discount.
9. Experiment with carpooling. If you’ve
got coworkers who live in your neighborhood, try alternating driving
times with them during the workweek. You’ll save money on fuel and
you’ll reduce your car’s wear and tear. If you have rapid transit consider using that instead of the long drive.
10. Go extreme. You could always trade in your older
car for a more fuel-efficient car such as a hybrid or electric car.
Plus, there are federal and state tax incentives available when you
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