I was extremely excited the other day when I saw gas prices go back down below $4.00 per gallon! However, after digging into the news reports, I realize that the prices will not continue to drop. In fact, they won’t even stay where they are. Gas is on its way up again, and here is how you can keep some gas money in your pocket, rather than losing it at the pump.
Save Money on Gas – 25 Tips
1) Go easy on the A/C – The air conditioning draws its energy from the engine. When it’s on, the engine works harder and produces fewer miles per gallon.
2) Use that Cruise Control – When your engine revs up and down, you are losing gas more rapidly. Keep your speed constant, and you’ll see your gas mileage rise per gallon.
3) Slow Down! – If you’re driving faster than 55 miles per hour, you are losing gas mileage. I know that the speed limit is 70 on some highways, but you know what? That’s the maximum speed, you can go 55 if you want, and you’ll save quite a lot of money. In fact, if you drive at 55 mph instead of 75mph, you’ll save 20%!
4) Check Your Tire Pressure – Check your manual and inflate your tires to the optimal pressure. By doing this, you’ll make sure that you’re getting the maximum amount of your gas mileage.
5) Get Some Fuel Injector Cleaner – If you have never done this, then it will almost certainly help your gas mileage. By cleaning that fuel injector, your car will reduce emissions and get you better gas mileage!
6) Stop Buying Cheap Oil – Yes, sometimes oil is expensive, but if your engine does not receive the proper oil, it can really reduce the engine’s efficiency (some say that cheap oil can reduce your gas mileage by 12%). Plus, that cheap oil will shorten the life of your car.
7) Check Your Air Filter – If your air filter is dirty, this will cause the engine to run harder and will reduce fuel efficiency. Replace that filter and get your car running smooth again.
8 ) Keep the Windows Closed – Windows cause drag on your car, which reduces the gas mileage. Keep them closed if you can. Just run the vents instead.
9) Make Sure You’re In Overdrive – Most cars automatically put you in overdrive, but it’s definitely worth looking into. Overdrive will keep your RPMs down and your engine will run with ease.
10) Turn Off the Car When Stopped – If you’re stopped and you expect to stay in that spot for more than 30 seconds, you should turn off your vehicle. You will emit more fuel idling than you will starting your car.
11) Reduce Drag on Your Car – We already said that you should keep your windows closed, but you should also remove any unnecessary item that is causing drag on your car. This can include your luggage rack, your bike rack, or anything else that you have added onto your vehicle’s exterior. Take them off and enjoy better gas mileage.
12) Carpool – You obviously won’t use gas if you’re not driving. Make an effort to carpool and cut your gas bill in half.
13) Combine Trips – Don’t drive around aimlessly. If you need to go to the bank, make an effort to get other errands done in the same trip. It will save you time and gas!
14) Get on the Bus – If you live in the city, that bus ride could save you a ton of money! Rather than spend $5 on gas, you could ride on the bus for $2, plus you could be productive while you ride!
15) Walk/Bike – If you’re really close to something, don’t be afraid to walk or bike. It’s a great way to exercise, and the best part is, it’s free. 🙂
16) Buy a Moped – Mopeds get amazing gas mileage, and they are super convenient when you need to get through traffic.
17) Buy a Car With Better Gas Mileage – This is kind of a no-brainer – if your car gets 7 mpg, maybe it’s time to get another vehicle. Don’t pay through the nose to get that 50mpg car though, just get something that’s reasonably priced and will save you money at the pump.
18) Sign Up For a Gas Card – If you want to save money, and you have a favorite gas station, why not sign up for the gas card and save a certain percent from every gallon? There also might be a promotion when you buy gift cards for that particular establishment. Either way can save you money over time!
19) Pay For Your Gas With Cash – Some stations give you a break (sometimes up to 10 cents per gallon) if you pay with cash. Check out your local gas station’s policy. You might be able to save this way.
20) Check Out GasBuddy.com – My co-worker introduced me to this site. It will show you live gas prices at any gas station! So, before you go out, you might want to see which station has the cheapest price.
21) Keep on Coasting – There’s really no need to race up to a red light or slam on your brakes before turning. Try to coast more, it will save you money!
22) Plan Your Route – Avoid high-traffic areas. If you can find a route that allows you to keep a constant speed, take it. It will definitely save you money at the pump.
23) Don’t Fill Up too Early – Wait until you’re almost on Empty before filling up. The decreased weight can really get you some great mileage as well.
24) Take Out Your Junk – Since a lighter car is more easily moved, make an effort to clean out your junk. At this moment, I could probably clear out 30 pounds worth of stuff out of my Jeep. Do this, and you will most likely notice a little better gas mileage.
25) Reduce Electronic Output – The more stuff you have plugged into your car, the less gas mileage it will get. Charge your phone at home, not in the car. Get rid of that amp, it’s drawing juice (and it makes you look like a punk) and stealing money out of your pocket.
I hope these tips were helpful! Have you been doing anything like this lately? How do you save money on gas?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.