Most people need to drive someplace during the day and until electric cars take over, there is no way to avoid paying for gas. If you’re in the majority and don’t own an electric car, you must deal with the ever-rising cost of gasoline. It’s a safe bet that the price of gasoline will not come down significantly and so we must find other ways to save money at the pump. Here are some tips that may help you save a few bucks.
Stop buying premium gas, you may be wasting your money if you do. Most types of cars don’t really need premium gas and will do just fine with regular. Of course, if you have an older car, premium gas could help the engine last a little longer but even then, you don’t have to use premium gas all the time. Using regular will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Common sense will tell you that the more weight you have on your car, the more energy (gas) it takes to run it. Don’t forget to take things out of the trunk because it will get full of unnecessary stuff that doesn’t need to be there and that adds weight. Try cleaning out your car and keeping the weight down. Every little bit helps.
Keeping your car on a regular maintenance schedule doesn’t only make it last longer, it also makes it run more efficiently. Change your air filter and oil, replace worn out parts like spark plugs. Even rotating your tires will increase your gas mileage. Doing regular maintenance can also save you from costly repairs later.
Even the way you drive can influence how much gas you use. If you put a little more thought into your driving, you could increase your gas mileage significantly. Slow down, avoid quick accelerations and hard braking. All the fast driving isn’t going to get you where you’re going that much sooner anyway.
Be aware that some gas stations raise their prices on the weekends. That way you can plan to fill up on weekdays. Paying attention can save you money in the end.