Curb the Gas Guzzling

Owning a car is a great privilege but paying for it is not always the best part. The increase in gas prices along with the oil changes and tire rotations cost most consumers hundreds or thousands more each year. The consumption of gas is probably the most expensive part of car ownership. To save some money at the pump, here are some things you can do.

  1. Always keep your gas tank at least half full. If you do this it will help the efficiency of your vehicle and it will not appear as though you are pouring out so much money to drive your car.
  2. It is a gas saver to turn off the engine for 20-30 seconds rather than having it idle for that time. Some people have even been known to turn off the engine at stop lights.
  3. Be a smart driver. The more you have to brake and refuel to get going again, the more gas you will waste. Try hard to ease into breaking so that you still have more momentum when you need to pick up the speed again.
  4. When you have the chance, for example going down a hill, put your car into neutral and let it coast down the hill. Use gravity and natural forces to help you save money.
  5. Use the cruise. If traffic is pretty open and you cannot foresee hitting the brakes very often it is probably wise to put on the cruise control. This keeps your car running at a constant speed without having to really accelerate. The acceleration needs more gas than keeping a constant speed.
  6. Empty out your trunk if you can. Only have the necessities with you at all times. Lugging around useless wait is a real gas waster. Take with you what you need and get the rest out.
  7. During the summer or on any hot day, park in the shade to keep it cooler in your car. This will prevent you from having to use the air conditioning as much. The air conditioning does assist in keeping you cooler and it also helps you to empty your wallet. Only use the a/c when you need it.

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