|No matter what the price of gas is at a given time, it is always nice to be able to save a little money. There are several small changes anybody can make that eventually add up to big savings when done consistently. If you are looking to spend less time and money at the pump, read on for some easy things you can start doing today.|
- Leave the car out of the equation
If you usually drive short distances to places like the store, park, or a friend’s house, leave your keys alone and simply walk instead – weather permitting of course.
- Lighten your load
Remove any items that are very heavy or unnecessary from your vehicle, this extra weight decreases gas mileage.
- Avoid long idles
Turn off your engine if you anticipate waiting longer than 30 to 45 seconds. During cold weather months, put on an extra layer and limit the time that you let your car warm up. It takes the same amount of gas to let your car idle for one minute as it does to start your engine.
- Plan trips more efficiently
Consolidate your trip to places that are close to one another. Park in a centralized location and walk to your various destinations. Also use the route that requires the least amount of stopping, even if it’s a slightly longer route.
- Roll those windows down
Instead of blasting the air conditioning on a hot day, open the windows or use your car vents to circulate outside air. The A/C uses gas to run.
- Stay up to date on tire maintenance
Make sure your tires properly inflated, aligned, and get regular maintenance checks.
- Get your oil changed
Stay up-to-date on oil changes; they should be done approximately every 3,000 miles. Even further, be sure that the mechanic is using the best grade of motor oil for your particular vehicle. This may not seem like it would make a difference, but the wrong grade causes your engine to use more friction to run optimally.
- Drive slower
You can improve your gas mileage by approximately 20 percent by driving 55 mph instead of 65 mph.
- Accelerate slowly from a dead stop
This may be tempting for you, speed racer, especially when you’re running late or traffic has you ready to never wanting to make your commute again. Take a deep breath, and gradually accelerate – also, just leave a few minutes earlier so you can have a more enjoyable (and efficient) ride in the car.
- Remove snow tires
When the need for snow tires has passed, remove them. Their deep treads increase friction and use more gas.
- Use the right octane level
Unless your engine is knocking, use the octane level recommended in your owner’s manual.
Although these tips may seem trivial, when practiced dilligently they can make a noticeable difference for you financially. Any change you can make to help your car run more efficiently will end up saving you some money when looking at the big picture. If you have an questions please click the button below or give us a call at (703) 683-6601.