There is possibly no other fluid with a price so fluid as gasoline. Low prices send people running to the pumps while spikes in price have actually caused boycotts. At the end of the day, however, gasoline remains one of life’s “necessary evils” because of everyone’s need for mobility.
There are some driving habits that can help you get more bang for your buck at the pump no matter the price by making it empty more slowly. If improving gas mileage is a goal for you as you drive, consider adopting the hints below.
Roll your windows down
In temperate weather, turn off the A/C and drive with your windows down. Driving with your windows down can help you save gas in two ways. A running A/C saps your gas mileage while driving with the windows down might keep down your average speed. Driving at slower speeds also has a positive effect on your overall fuel efficiency.
Avoid stop and go traffic
Time spent constantly fluctuating your speed can be a real mileage killer. Seek out alternate routes or leave a little earlier getting to work and other places you commute. Even if it takes you a little out of your way to find a less traffic-filled route, the savings at the gas pump may be well worth it.
Instead of going to different stations offering different prices at different times and going with the cheapest, stick to a service station that offers a loyalty program. Loyalty programs offer gas discounts to drivers as a thank you for their repeat business. Many grocery stores also have programs by which you can receive a discount on your gas if you buy your groceries from them.
Check your tire pressure
By maintaining the manufacturer’s recommended PSI, not only will you increase fuel efficiency, but you may also improve the safety of your commute. It is estimated that poorly maintained tires are the cause of up to 900 traffic fatalities per year. With the proper tire pressure, you can not only get home more safely, but you can also reduce your annual gas budget up to 3%.
When it comes to expenses and not being able to get everything that you need out of what you have coming in – cutting down and saving some money on gas can help. Be diligent to try everything that you can to cut down on these expenses whenever you drive. While you may not be able to avoid driving, doing it with a smaller budget certainly isn’t a bad idea.