Gas prices are constantly changing, and with the summer months approaching, we can expect to see them steadily on the rise. It can be difficult to keep up with the rising cost of fuel. The average cost today is $2.25, compared to $1.25 in 2002. A dollar may not seem like much of a difference, but in our economy that dollar adds up and can have a drastic affect on your wallet.
Luckily, there are small changes we can make to lighten the load we pay at the pump. And, as an added bonus, following these maintenance tips can also prevent other vehicle related issues and extend the life of your car. So why pay more at the pump when you simply don’t have to? Increase your fuel economy with these simple tricks:
- Replace dirty air filters. A clogged filter also clogs your cash flow by making your vehicle run less effectively.
- Maintain proper alignment. Doing so will increase your gas mileage and make your tires last longer.
- Tune up your engine regularly. Having a well running motor is key to saving on gas.
- Keep octane guidelines for your specific vehicle. Contrary to popular belief, higher octane won’t actually give you more power. But it will guzzle your gas tank.
- Inspect your gas cap. Make sure it’s always on tight so you don’t lose gas through vaporizing.
- Keep your tires inflated. Having proper tire pressure can save you 3.3% on fuel.
How you drive also has an impact on fuel consumption. So bottle up the road rage and follow these driver behavior tips to add to your gas savings:
- Don’t idle unless absolutely necessary. This wastes gas.
- Avoid aggressive driving. Sudden stops and turns require ⅓ more gas than performing the same maneuvers calmly.
- Don’t weave in and out of traffic. This may get you to the front of the line in a traffic jam, but it will also lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% in city driving.
- Avoid the tendency to speed. Just because you don’t get caught doesn’t mean you’re not paying for it. Speeding, as well as quick stops and starts, uses up your gas.
Do your best to make these practices a part of your everyday life as a driver. Your wallet will thank you for it!