With gas prices on the rise, there is no better time to review what you can do to limit your fuel consumption.
1. Keep your car tuned up. Cars in poor running condition use more gasoline.
2. Plan trips to avoid unnecessary driving.
3. When you use your air conditioner you get much lower mileage so use it sparingly. Try using a lower setting if you have one. You also don't need your AC on full blast for extended periods of time. Turn the AC on until you feel cool enough, then turn the AC off and let the fan circulate the cool air. Turn it back on when you get too hot.
4. Take unnecessary items out of the car. Extra weight effects your gas mileage.
5. Check your tire pressure. Over-inflated tires can actually reduce your fuel efficiency, so don't overfill.
6. If at all possible, change your work start time to avoid gridlock. Or try leaving earlier than you normally would to limit time stuck in traffic.
7. Drive steady and try to keep a constant speed. The more your speed fluctuates the more gas you will use.
8. Keep your windows closed when traveling at high speeds. Open windows cause additional drag.
9. Try not to idle your engine for long periods of time.
10. You no longer need to warm your car up for long periods of time, especially with new cars.
11. Don't travel at fast speeds in low gears. Use overdrive or a high gear when possible.
12. Drive the speed limit.
13. Accelerate gradually when leaving stop lights.
14. There is often no need to buy the highest grade of gasoline. Most cars are built to run on regular unleaded. Check your owners manual or consult a mechanic. I have had many tell me that the more expensive gas is a waste of money.
15. Revving the engine needlessly wastes gas. There is no need to rev before you turn your vehicle off.
16. If at all possible, try to arrange car pools with co-workers to share the cost of commuting to work.
17. Remove ski racks if you are not using them.
18. And last, the biggest and most important step towards saving money on gas is always try to purchase vehicles that get good gas mileage.
About The Author: Fisher Swanson is a Contributing Editor at ThriftyFun.com. Copyright (C) ThriftyFun.com 2000-2003
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