Why put money into your gas tank when you could be keeping in your pocket? Check out these tips to help you do just that – conserve the gasoline and save money.
Prepare Ahead of Time for Travel
Plan your day and plan your route. Google Maps, Map Quest and GPS systems allow you to see where the traffic is heavy and where you can drive smoothly without a lot of stopping and going. Use these tools to pick out a detour that may be shorter and smoother to get to your destination. Even if the route takes you a few minutes out of the way, you still are better off then wasting your fuel sitting in traffic.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you will have your car in idle for a long period of time, it is better to turn it off. You use less fuel turning the vehicle on then letting it sit and idle.
On The Open Road
Traveling on the open road it is a good idea to use your cruise control. This way you are maintaining a steady speed that will help you save on gasoline. Also keep your windows up, so there is not drag that can use up to 10% of your fuel.
Do you Really Need the AC
If you are heading out to run around town early in the morning and its cool outside, roll down your windows and enjoy the fresh air and the savings on fuel. When you reach your destination try to park in a place that will give you shade so you can keep your vehicle cooler. When its time to leave, your air conditioner will not have to work so hard. In the summer here in Florida this is not so easy to do, so take advantage of the spring cool air while we have it.
Best Time To Fill Up
Keep close to your local news during the week for when gas prices are rising and falling. Usually you will notice by Friday that gas prices go up for the weekends and also may notice a spike in price on the holidays. Try to fill up during the week to get the best prices.
What Lane Do You Drive In?
If your on a road with say three lanes, then you know that the right lane is probable for people turning off to the right causing you to slow down, and speed up. The braking and acceleration of slow down and go uses up more fuel. Passing someone even uses up more fuel. Try the middle lane and cruise until you have to be either the left or right lane.
How Fast Are You Going
Doing the speed limit helps you greatly save on gasoline and possible keep you from getting a speeding ticket.
If you know of a neighbor or co worker nearby you, offer to carpool. Going to the store, gym or to work, this has always and can help you save on gas.
Maintain The Vehicle
Keeping up with the maintenance of your vehicle is really important all around. Dirty air filters, old spark plugs and low tires can use up more fuel.
See our article for Lower Vehicle Cost with Preventive Maintenance
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