With the constant increase in gas prices, car owners are getting more concerned about how they can save gas and money while driving. Here are some more tips on how you can reduce your gas consumption and save money.
Always have your car tuned-up regularly. When your car's engine is in bad operating condition it will waste gas. Vehicle maintenance will help your car's engine run efficiently thus improving your expenditure of money. Clean or change dirty air filters to enhance your fuel mileage by as much as 10%.
- Maintain a steady speed when driving you car. Frequent stops when driving add to your gas expenditure by as much as 30%. Imagine if you spend $4.00 per gallon, you lose $12.00 for every 10 gallons of gas that you consume. Avoid sudden stops and abrupt increases in speed. Make use of “cruise control” when you are driving on the highway. This will allow you to maintain a constant speed and avoid additional gas consumption.
- Another way to keep a steady rate is by avoiding heavy traffic areas. Also avoid unnecessary use of the clutch.
- Schedule buying your gas during the cool hours. It is ideal to purchase your fuel early in the morning or during the night. You will get extra gas for your money during these cooler hours.
- Close you car windows when you are driving on the highway. When your windows are closed the aerodynamics are better and it lessens the drag on the vehicle. Gaping windows cause extra friction which will reduce your car's gas mileage.
- Minimize the use of air conditioners when it is not necessary. Use your car's air vents if possible. If you really need to use your air conditioner, try to set it as low as possible. Do not operate your air conditioner with your car windows open – No Brainer!
- Do not let your engine idle when not driving. Turn off your car's engine when you need to wait for a time longer than a minute. If your car is idle for more that one minute, it uses the same amount of gas that you would use when you are restarting the engine.
- Lessen your car's load. The heavier the car, the more gas it will consume.
- Check if tires inflated accordingly. Tires with appropriate pressure save gas better than when under-filled or over-filled with air.