Here are some of the many ways to save on gas.
Take the Bus and Carpool. The best way to save money on driving is by not driving. If you do the same route every day, organize a carpool or take the bus. This might also reduce stress, as sitting in rush hour traffic alone isn’t always the best start to the day.
Check Your Tire Pressure. Get a tire pressure gauge. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. You could save as much as 3% on gas, which for an average driver would be about $50/year.
Use a Smaller, Reliable Car. A big gas guzzler or sports car costs more, has higher insurance premiums, uses more gas, and overall, is more expensive. Unless you’re regularly driving with a family, a small car will do.
Be a 1 Car Family You can easily save $500/month just by getting rid of an extra car. Find out exactly how necessary the extra car is, and determine if you really need it.
Take Off the Luggage Rack! If you are driving around with a luggage rack, you could be reducing your fuel efficiency by 10%. Take it off it when you aren’t using it. This would save an average driver about $150/year.
Use a Cash-Back Credit Card. For all purchases, you should be using a credit card that gives you cash back. If you are a college student, Citi offers a card that gives 2% cash back on gas, groceries, and drug-store purchases.
Junk in the Trunk. Some people use their cars as a second closet. All this extra weight reduces your mileage.
Don’t Buy Premium. Use regular gas unless your car’s manual says that you need premium. If your car doesn’t require premium, then buying it will not help your mileage or your performance.
Know When to Use the AC. At slow speeds, it is more efficient to roll down the windows. At high speeds, air conditioning is more fuel efficient because rolling down the windows increases wind resistance.
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