Fuel Saving Tips
Gas prices are predicted to soar past $6 per gallon in 2022. That’s bad news for road trippers, commuters, and drivers everywhere.
The reasons behind these prices’ sharp and ongoing increase are complicated, but many ways to save are not. We compiled a list of the top tips you can use to maximize your gas mileage and decrease your pain at the pump.
Drive Safely – Especially in Traffic
Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by 10% to 40% in stop-and-go traffic. Speeding, depending on your car, can cost up to 31 cents more per gallon than following the speed limit. Sensible driving will not only keep you and others safe – it will also save you money.
Turn It Off
Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour. Turn off your engine every time you park your vehicle, and try to minimize the time you spend warming your car up in the winter.
Know Your Station
Not all gas stations are created equal. Some charge extra for service while others participate in fuel rewards programs and discount opportunities (such as paying by cash instead of card). Check apps and websites to see where your area’s cheapest gas is, and if you’re planning a trip, know where along your route you’ll find the lowest prices.
It’s never been a better time to start that neighborhood carpool. If your network shares your schedule, take turns driving so you can all drive less. Your wallet, and your friends, will thank you.
Lighten Your Load
Extra cargo can weigh down your gas mileage. Remove any extra baggage, bicycle racks, or other weight from inside and on top of your car. You could see a 1% increase in miles per gallon for every 100 pounds you remove, and even more for cargo removed from your vehicle’s roof.
Your tire pressure, oil grade, engine, and air filter all affect your mileage. Take care of your car and it will take care of your fuel efficiency. Don’t skip the maintenance this summer, and call an expert right away if you notice anything off.
Remember: every car’s mileage will differ. Reach out to your manufacturer for personalized tips, and search your vehicle’s make and model on www.fueleconomy.gov for more on the gas mileage of specific vehicles.