Saving money is always important. Finding easy ways to save money on the things you do every day is exciting. For many of us, we drive every day. From the long, into the city daily commuter to the stay at home parent running around town all day, we use a lot of gas. Paying for gas is just something we must do to get to where we want to go. What if there were some easy ways to save at the pump? What if by adjusting some small things on your car and the way you drive you could save gas? The good news is there are 5 easy things you can do right now to save gas money.
Save Gas with your Driving Style
Being behind schedule or getting stuck in traffic can frustrate and stress drivers out. Stress can lead to aggressive driving which can use up more gas than usual driving conditions. Quickstarts from a traffic light or stop sign and speeding causes worse fuel economy in your vehicle. When tempted to jump off the line when starting from a stop, image an egg between your foot and the accelerator pedal. Slow and gentle starts save wasted gas. In addition, speeds above 55 mph are less fuel-efficient. 10-15% improvement in fuel economy can be gained from reducing your speed from 65 to 55 mph. And idling is a gas zapper. If possible, turn your engine off to save gas when waiting in a line or in traffic for long periods of time.
How your Car can Save Gas
There are several easy steps you can take to save gas money when it comes to your car.
Highway Tires: Reduce resistance when you choose highway type tires instead of enhanced traction or off-roading tires.
Tire Pressure: Monthly checks of your vehicle’s tire pressure can help save gas. Underinflated tires increase resistance, decreasing fuel mileage. Check the driver’s door frame for the proper tire pressure and keep that maintained.
Maintenance: Keep your car running at maximum efficiency with regular maintenance. Oil changes and tune-ups will keep your vehicle at peak performance and use the least amount of gas to run.
Check the Trunk: Extra unnecessary weight in your car can significantly reduce fuel mileage. Unload heavy items as soon as possible for maximum gas savings.
These easy tips can help your wallet at the gas pumps and keep your car in great shape. Whether you’re heading out on a road trip or across town, saving money on gas is a great feeling. Knowing that Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor in Parkville is ready to repair your car should you have a fender bender is an even better feeling.