- Find the lowest price gas: Use websites like www.gasbuddy.com and www.gasprice.com to find the best prices in your area before you head to fill up.
- Properly maintain your car: A maintained car burns less fuel. Keep your engine tuned up, inflate your tires to their recommended level and make sure your car is in good condition. Taking good care of your car not only helps it last longer, but makes it more fuel efficient.
- Slow down: Drive the speed limit. When driving forward after a stop, accelerate slowly and smoothly.
- Stop warming up the car: A minute or two is all your car needs to warm up. You can save fuel by reducing your car’s warm up time.
- Plan your errands: Plan your errands so that you do them all on one day, rather than making multiple trips. Create an efficient route that gets things done quickly, and with as few left turns as can be managed. Using a GPS can help.
- Purchase lower-grade octane: Check your manufacturer’s recommendations and get the lowest grade octane gas you can. It’s cheaper, saving you more at the pump.
- Consider walking or riding your bike: One of the best ways to save money on gas is to avoid using it when possible. Consider walking, biking or using public transportation when practical. Not only will you save money on gas, but you will develop a healthy habit that can save you money on medical costs down the road.
Gas Prices and Your Wallet
March 9, 2011 by moneyprovidesfreedom