As fall rolls in, it’s time for families and friends to plan their holiday road trips. School is in session, which means lots of driving around for students and parents. Meanwhile, gas prices continue to fluctuate, but even at the lowest cost, buying gas is always a drag. Use these gas saving tips to help you cut down on the cash you spend on fuel.
There’s nothing that says you have to be the head of the pack when that light turns green. Easy acceleration uses less gas than putting the pedal to the metal. On the other end of the spectrum, braking suddenly is also a gas guzzler. It’s more efficient to let yourself slow gradually. And, unless you’re as late as Alice’s white rabbit, drive the speed limit. Just cutting down on your highway speed by 5 mph can make a big difference in gas usage.
Practice Good Maintenance
In general, a good car maintenance routine will ensure that you’re getting the most mileage to the tank. Regular oil changes and engine check ups are an important part in making your car work smarter, not harder. You should also get in the habit of checking your tire pressure each time you fill up. Properly inflated tires will maximize your mile to the gallon.
Cool Down the Right Way
There’s one myth that says the air conditioning in a car will always use up lots of gas. This is true in some cases, like if the car is left idling. In that situation, or if you’re doing city driving, opt for windows down. But, when it comes to cruising on the highway, windows down will cause enough wind resistance to increase gas usage. At higher speeds, go for the AC.