Gas prices are constantly rising, so finding ways to cut fuel costs is more crucial than ever. There are many ways to save on gas, from the obvious (find a cheaper gas station) to the not-so-obvious (drive less aggressively). This comprehensive list of gas saver tips will help you save money so you can keep more of your hard-earned cash.
Quick poll: hands up if you love paying a lot of money on gas! Yeah, we didn’t think so. You may enjoy driving your vehicle, but the ever-climbing gas prices are probably making you grind your teeth every time you have to fill the tank.
The bad news is, gas prices aren’t likely to drop significantly any time soon, but the good news is there are plenty of easy ways to reduce the amount of gas you use and pay fewer cents per litre whenever you do have to fill up.
Read on for a deeper dive into each of those solutions.
Thanks to the internet, smartphones, and lots of helpful people, it’s easy to get the lowdown on how much the local gas stations are charging for fuel.
Gas price tracking apps let you see the local gas prices at a glance, so you can figure out which station offers the best deal.
How you drive can have a big effect on how much gas you use up every month. Here are some tips that’ll improve fuel efficiency:
Aggressive driving uses up more gas — around 35% more, it turns out. Lots of quick acceleration, speeding, and sudden braking burns more gas than driving smoothly, calmly, and near the speed limit. A test by Edmonds.com revealed that you can boost fuel mileage by 35% simply by driving more like your grandmother and less like a short-tempered adrenaline junkie. This is probably the single biggest way to make a dent in your monthly gas bill.
Most people know that using the air conditioning (AC) pulls energy from the engine, so blasting cold air inside your car can make your car’s fuel efficiency take a hit. But opening your window creates air resistance, which makes your car work harder and gulp down more gas. When the temperature starts climbing, which solution helps you save the most gas?
The answer depends on what type of car you have. Sleek, aerodynamic cars (like sedans and sports cars) have less wind resistance, so if you crank open the windows you’ll create a lot more drag. Larger, bulkier vehicles like SUVs and trucks (and cars with roof or bike racks) already create a lot of drag, so opening the window won’t make as much difference.
To summarize: if you have a smaller, more aerodynamic car, use the AC. If your vehicle is larger and bulkier, crack open some windows.
It’s tempting to keep the car’s engine idling for a while on cold winter mornings so you can enjoy a toasty ride to work, but in doing so you’re sacrificing a significant amount of gas. (You’re also pumping a lot of harmful emissions into the air.) Keep your warm-up periods to around 30 seconds or less whenever you can.
Don’t wait until your tank is almost dry before filling up, because you’ll end up pulling into whatever station is closest and possibly paying a higher price. Start looking for a gas station when you’re around half full, so you’ll have more opportunity to shop around for the best deal.
The more weight you carry around, the harder your car has to work to move forward and the more gas you’ll burn. Empty out all the nonessentials that are weighing down your car and you’ll enjoy better gas mileage.
Keeping your car properly maintained on a regular basis not only maximizes performance, it also helps you save on gas.
If you’re in the market for a new ride, look for a car that’ll use less gas (or no gas, if you’re going electric) and save you money in the long run.
If you’re looking for tips on which car will help you get the most bang for your buck, take a look at our blog post on the 5 most fuel-efficient and gas-saving cars under $15,000.
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