Over time, gas prices rise and fall. During the past few months, there have been major increases at the pump. Fortunately, there are ways to keep costs down by conserving the amount of fuel you burn each time you drive.
Just as cars are diverse in their design and appearance, they also vary in the miles you are able to drive per gallon. Until we can all afford to purchase an electric car, the money saving ideas and tips to save gas listed below should help you save money as you get the best gas mileage from your vehicle.
Here are six tips to save gas—and money:
First and foremost, read your owner’s manual to discover the best octane level for your vehicle. Most take regular octane, but that isn’t a given.
Start your car when you’re ready to start driving. You may remember how cars used to need time to warm up, but that isn’t the case anymore. Turn off your engine whenever you can while waiting in a drive-through line or other similar situation and start up only when you’re ready to leave.
Drive the speed limit. According to a leading government website, you pay an additional 26 cents per gallon for gas on average for every 5 miles faster than 50 miles per hour that you go.
Use your cruise control feature to boost your fuel economy.
Keep a regular schedule for your car’s tune-ups, using the owner’s manual as your guideline. You will also want to regularly change your oil, which is a struggle for many people. Honor the reminder sticker’s date each time.
Finally, practice good tire maintenance. Tires that are aligned and inflated properly will help with your gas mileage and will also help to protect your tires.
What tips to save gas do you have? Any money saving ideas you’d like to share?