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How to Save Money on Gasoline

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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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22 Comments

  1. Good point about tune ups: definitely a worthwhile investment, especially if your axles need realignment. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Car maintenance is an often-overlooked way to save in the long run!

  2. These are all great tips, and we use many of them. We really try and cut our trips out down so we can maximize our gas usage.

    • Batching or bundling trips together is a great way to reduce gas usage, as well as vehicle wear-and-tear.

    • @David — Sorry to hear about your car! I recommend opening a savings account that’s specifically earmarked for paying cash for the next one. I use SmartyPig (and I love its user interface), but you can also open sub-accounts in ING Direct and others.

  3. I bought a hybrid last year and it changed my driving. I max out the MPGs most of the time. I try to moderate my driving to avoid stopping. I try to find a speed where the lights may be timed with speed. For example, if the speed limit is 40 MPH, I may try to average 37 MPH. I do this on surface streets and the freeway. It makes a difference!

    • I think hybrids are great cars. I love that they give you feedback on how fuel-efficient your driving is.

  4. It always suprises me how shocked people are when I suggest we walk to a store that is only two blocks away. Not only is walking better on your budget, it can help keep you a bit healthier as well. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    • Walking is fantastic! It’s free, low-impact, great exercise. I understand not running if its hard on your knees or ankles … but almost anyone, unless they have a serious injury or limitation, can WALK.

  5. Some newer cars also have more efficient operating modes that save gas by controlling engine throttle and AC output. I use mine all the time.

    • That’s great! I didn’t know that. I’m glad new cars are becoming fuel-smart!

  6. The walking option has another benefit. If you lose weight, it saves gas. It’s a silly way of looking at it, but the numbers are actually significant if you lose enough weight or drive a lot.

  7. Tune ups are really necessary.. Maintaining your car well actually saves you money. Great tips to save money on gas.

    • Thanks KC! I’m glad you’re on-board with tune ups.

  8. Get a hybrid is one I was thinking of. I really don’t drive much now and before I took public transit to work as much as possible. Making sure you get those tune ups and oil changes certainly will help.

    • Maintenance is a critical part of saving long-term money! Glad you agree. 🙂

  9. All except #4 are great tips! Changing your oil and spark plugs more often than they need will do nothing but waste money, and changing your oil really has nothing to do with gas mileage. If your air filter is dirty, you’ll get poorer acceleration, though.

  10. I drive a lot for work and I have a credit card that gives me 5% cash back on gas which is great. I also use the Gasbuddy app which is useful.


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