As mom to a soon-to-be-college-freshman, high-schooler, middle-schooler and twins in elementary, my husband and I are also proud parents of an SUV, minivan and sedan. Like our kids, our cars are constantly on the go: to school, sports practice, supermarket, work, the gym, everywhere. Through years of experience—and frankly, out of bare necessity—I’ve learned how to save money on gas. Essentially, it’s a lot like following a recipe. Gather the best ingredients, follow instructions, and the resulting fuel saving tips will keep gas in your tank longer.
Fuel saving tip #1: Use the tire-pressure gauge to ensure tires are properly inflated for safety and a no-brainer method for how to save on gas.
Fuel saving tip #2: Declare to drive sensibly. Keeping a calm, cool head (not easy when my twin six-year-olds are acting up in the back seat) is preferable to being agitated — and aggressive driving really wastes a lot of fuel.
Fuel saving tip #3: We all love upgrades, from airline seats to cuts of meat at the grocer. Upgrade to synthetic motor oil! It’s made to help boost engine efficiency. Speaking of motor oil and how to save on gas, do oil changes regularly. My other half swears by the traditional every-3K-mile rule. (I do mine, he does his and we take turns on ours. Unless I’m making his favorite dinner that day!)
Those’re my top-3 observations on how to save on gas. But, I’ve got plenty of other fuel saving tips that I’m happy to share. While many are familiar, they’re good reminders of how to conserve gas and ultimately, get more out of your wallet:
- Get regular engine tune-ups
- Get your brakes checked
- Get that gas cap replaced if it’s loose or worn
- Get the O2 sensor tested
- Get a good fuel injector cleaner
I hope my tips to save gas get you to do the same. Though my family and I are good about incorporating public transit whenever possible, that option isn’t always going to work for us. So we rely on our valued modes of transport. We take care of our vehicles, they do the same for us, and knowing how to save money on gas is key in our ability to afford to have them be a vital part of our family.
Did I miss any other tips to save gas? Join me and spread the word.
Editor’s Note: Create your own recipe with these helpful fuel saving tips from Advance Auto Parts and be sure to consider the oil change specials available every day!