I’m sure you have seen the infomercials about the additive you can put into your gas tank: “Not only will your car run smoother and faster, but you will save hundreds of dollars in gas throughout the year!”…..
While some of those additives can be good for your car, most of them are a rip-off. Follow the methods below and you will save money on gas every month – guaranteed.
10 Ways to Save Money on Gas
1) Get Your Car Serviced Regularly
Every 3,000-5,000 miles, you should bring your car into your service station to get it checked out. A quick oil change along with an 18-point inspection will have your car running properly and will make you aware of anything that is harming your vehicle. Avoid the quick-lube places as often as you can. The oil is cheap and they check nothing. Remember that preventative maintenance is much cheaper than waiting for something to break on your car.
2) Check Your Tire Pressure
You might not often think about your tire pressure, but a car with flat tires adds extra drag to your vehicle and hurts your gas mileage. Picture a 100 pound anchor being dragged behind your car – this is hurting your gas mileage right? The same is true for your soft tires.
3) The Fewer Gadgets the Better
If you are constantly blasting the air conditioning, cranking the radio, charging your phone, and running a GPS while you are driving, then you are getting worse gas mileage than someone who is riding without gadgets. All of those items are drawing energy out of your car and cause it to run harder, thereby reducing your gas mileage.
4) Keep a Constant Speed
I once had a friend that loved to take his foot off the gas, then put it back on, then off, and then back on. His speed was constantly fluctuating between 45 mph and 65 mph, and he was never traveling at a constant speed. Consequently, his gas mileage was terrible! If you can keep a consistent speed while driving (hint: use that cruise control), you will spend far less money at the pump.
5) Keep Pace at 45 mph
It has been proven time and time again that by driving at 45 mph, you will get the absolute best gas mileage. Now, if you are on the freeway and the speed limit is 70 mph I wouldn’t suggest driving this slow. However, just note that if you keep your speed down (and constant), then you will get much better gas mileage. Driving 68 mph instead of 79 will not kill you, and it will save you nearly 10% on gas each month!
6) Give Your Brakes a Break
Some of you are very heavy brakers, which simply means that you don’t stop until you absolutely have to. Not only does this make you a prime candidate to get rear-ended, it is costing you money in brakes, rotors, and gas! Instead of rushing up to that red light where everyone is going nowhere fast, just start coasting up to the slow traffic. You gas usage will be minimal and you’ll avoid getting the finger from drivers behind you as well! It’s a win-win. 😉
If you work for a large company, the chances are pretty great that someone else you work with lives very close to you, which means that you could easily carpool to work. If you typically spend $200 on gas just by driving to work each week, you have now successfully cut your gas bill in half. It’s moderately inconvenient, but don’t you think it’s worth it to save $100 each week?
8) Ride Your Bicycle
I recently discovered that riding my bicycle is actually a very relaxing experience. Not only that, but I am quickly getting in shape as well! In the month of June, I rode my bicycle to work 11 times and saved myself over $25 in gas. Since I enjoyed it so much, I decided to ride my bike everywhere that I could! Over the course of a month, it saved me well over $150.
9) Combine Your Trips
This is a pretty simple task if you just think about your weekly trips ahead of time. Can you get groceries on the way home from work? What about that doctor’s appointment that you need to make? Can you make it immediately after or before work so you don’t have to make an extra trip from home. How about when you have an off day? Instead of just heading out whenever you have a need, take 10 minutes and think about all the items that you might need to get the projects done that day. This way, you can insure much fewer trips.
10) Hop on the Bus Once in a While
I never used to be a big fan of the bus. But then I learned that busing in my town is only $1 per trip (and it’s even less if you get a pass). Riding the bus would get you from point A to point B for less money than if you would have drove yourself (especially if you factor in the wear and tear on your car). If you live close enough to town, perhaps you could even walk to your destinations. Whenever you can avoid driving your car, you are most likely saving money.
Between all of these ideas, you can certainly save money on gas. And you might even be able to save over $100 a month! Heck, I saved over $150 in June and it really wasn’t that hard. Follow my advice and your pockets will soon be full of money from your savings!
How much money do you figure you could save by using these tactics?
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.