Once again, we are witnessing rising gasoline prices. This makes a road trip or the daily commute to work more expensive. There are several things we can do to prevent gas expenses from making too much of a dent in our wallets. Use the tips below to keep you on the road without losing your shirt.
Step 1: Turn off the vehicle’s engine if you are stopping for longer than 60 seconds. Many experts report that the amount of fuel required to keep the vehicle running for an extended period is greater than that needed to start the engine.
Step 2: Turn down the stereo in order to prevent speeding. This will also assist with your concentration, enabling you to drive steadily and conserve the gasoline remaining in the tank.
Step 3: The density of gasoline varies based on its temperature. Gas is usually less dense when outside temperatures are high. To get more gas for your money, refill the tank during the late evening or early morning when its density is likely higher. The best value will be obtained during the coldest days.
Step 4: Though it may seem to go without saying, make sure the fuel cap on the gas tank is tight. Gas will evaporate if the fuel cap is not screwed on tightly. Many newer vehicles have a “tighten until click” feature on the cap.
Step 5: Combine errands into one trip. Map out the most efficient route that includes all the stops. Start with the farthest destination and work your way back toward home. This reduces that total distance traveled, cutting down on the amount of gas used.
Step 6: Compare local gas prices online before refilling. GasPriceWatch.com and GasBuddy.com are two sites that list local gas prices, allowing you to compare without wasting gas by driving around to do it.
Step 7: Carpool whenever possible for work and social purposes. You reduce overall gas costs by 75 percent by regularly carpooling with three other people.
Step 8: Have regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance performed and heed vehicle warning lights.
Step 9: Air conditioning guzzles gas so reduce fuel costs by opening the sunroof and windows.
Step 10: The less you load into the car, the better it will run. Remove the golf bag, bike, and other items from the trunk when they are not needed. If you can spare a few pounds yourself, shed them because this results in less force working against the vehicle.