If you’re trying to budget or be more money-conscious when it comes to your transportation costs, it can be tricky to know where to start.
The biggest costs associated with owning a car tend to be somewhat inflexible, and things like your monthly car payment and car insurance payment are not easy to decrease without a certain amount of effort.
However, there are a few easy things that you can do to help save money on gas. In the long run, these small changes can add up. Check out some tips to help you cut fuel costs below:
How often do you check your tire pressure? Are you using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil? According to the US Department of Energy, fixing a car that has failed an emissions test can help improve its gas mileage by an average of 4%, while addressing a serious issue like a faulty oxygen sensor can boost your gas mileage by 40%, so make sure you give your car regular maintenance.
Timing it right
There’s nothing like waking up on a Monday morning, realizing you’re late to work, turning on your car and remembering that you need to make a stop by the gas station. To avoid having to bring in donuts as penance, consider making a standard appointment to fill up your tank, and while you’re at it, time it so that you’re not paying a premium. Gas stations tend to raise their prices closer to the weekend, so aim for Tuesday or Wednesday fill-ups.
Drive with care
Driving smoothly, instead of speeding and coming to sudden stops, can absolutely help with your gas mileage, but so can other factors. If your car has eco mode, take advantage of it and reap the fuel efficiency benefits. Other things that can help include reducing the weight of your car (i.e. don’t keep heavy things in the car if you don’t need them for that trip), using cruise control when possible, and not idling.
Double up your tasks
Try to lump your errands together so that you are taking fewer trips. If your dentist and your dermatologist are in the same medical center, schedule your appointments with them on the same day so that you can save yourself a trip!
No, we aren’t saying you need to trade in your current car for an electric vehicle, but rather to take advantage of free mobile apps that can help you save on gas! You can search for cheaper gas stations in your area, avoid traffic jams that will leave you idling on the road, or give you deals at participating gas stations.
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