Don’t you hate it when you try to find ways to save on gas and the first response you get is “drive less”? If that was an option, I wouldn’t be looking up solutions. Unfortunately, we all depend on our vehicles and we all have to drive. Which means we all have to buy gas. But how can we do all this and still save money?
You can’t make it far in search results without coming across dozens of tips on how to make your gas go further. In case you’ve missed out, here are some of the best tips I’ve found on how to save.
Auto Maintenance to Save Gas
Drive Less- just kidding!
Braking and Accelerating– Nothing is more taxing on your gas bill than excessive braking and acceleration. Steady is the name of the game. If you want to save money at the pump, don’t drive like it’s a race. Only brake when you need to and do so gradually. Also, avoid sudden accelerations that eat up gas and cost you money.
Wind Resistance- an open window or a sunroof can be the highlight of a spring day but the resistance created could be upping your gas bill.
Less Run Time– Decrease the amount of time you let your vehicle sit and run to warm up or cool down. You may have to suffer through a couple of minutes of cold temperatures or a blazing hot seat in the summer but it could save you some gas money.
Lighten the Load- Do you still have that cinder block in the trunk from winter? Take it out! Anything you can do to lighten the load of your vehicle will decrease your gas bill. Don’t go overboard. Keep the doors on and by all means, leave the seats where they are!
Check Your Tires– Believe it or not, some vehicle maintenance can save you dollars at the pump. An underinflated tire can produce more drag against the road surface and increase the amount of gasoline you use. Another maintenance to consider is tuning up your engine, changing filters, and having your wheels aligned. You would be amazed how many little things in your vehicle could save you money!
These are just some of the things you can do to save money at the pump. I hope these tips will be useful and wish you luck in finding more tips on your own. Remember, it’s all about the little things like properly maintaining your vehicle and driving with the windows up. We can’t stop driving, which means we can’t stop buying gas. All we can do is find ways to make our dollars and gallons go further.