Kennedi writes for Face & Fitness about money and savings for women.
$4 per gallon gasoline? Yikes. No one enjoys paying big bucks just to fuel their tank. Here are some tips that can help you save money on gasoline.
#1. Consolidate errands. One of the easiest ways to save money on gas is to limit the amount you drive. Consolidate your trips and plan out any errands you have to run so you get everything in one trip. Many people don’t realize how hard city traffic is on their vehicles, but you can save a good deal of your gas if you plan your routes and “batch” your errands.
#2. Get your tune ups. No matter what type of car/truck/SUV you drive you can save money on gas by taking care of it. Change the spark plugs and oil often. Cars need fresh oil to keep everything running smoothly and to take gasoline into the engine to burn. You will see a significant increase in gas mileage if you keep up with maintenance on your car.
#3. Consider walking. If your errands are within walking distance of your home why not stretch your legs and save money on gas by walking instead of driving? It’s good for you, the environment, and your wallet.
#4. Use a gas mileage app. One of my favorite apps is GasBuddy which helps you find the cheapest gas in your surrounding area. This is not only a great way to save money, but it also saves you time (and fuel costs) looking for a gas station when you’re in an unfamiliar area.
#5. Keep your tires full. One of the easiest ways to save money on gas is by checking your tires air pressure and filling it accordingly. This is a simple and cheap way to get the most out of your cars fuel while at the same time maintaining your car. Keep an air pressure gauge in your car and check your pressure often for the best results.
#6. Take advantage of cruise control. If you plan on going on an extended trip or if you drive regularly on a highway, use your cruise control to regulate the amount of fuel you use to drive. Fast acceleration and hard braking also cause you to lose fuel unnecessarily, so don’t speed through city streets.
#7. Limit the time you use the A/C. It may sound obvious but using the A/C will actually use up more fuel for no reason. Avoid suffering through the heat by using a reflective shade in the windshield when the car is parked, as well as by being conscious to park in shady spots such as under trees. This will reduce the heat in your car, which can help you avoid running the A/C on short drives. Limiting A/C is a simple yet effective way to cut down on normal wear on your fuel pump.
#8. Slow down. The faster you drive (above roughly 60-65 mph), the less gas mileage you get. Keep you speed right at the speed limit to save money on gas, and also drive as safe as possible avoiding any erratic movements in and out of traffic. The more consistent your speed, the more money you will save in the long run on gas.
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