Gas prices keep going up, but the money in the pocket never increases. This calls for you to come up with ways in which you can save some money on gas by reducing on the overall fuel consumption. To guide you through, here are some tips on how you can save money on gas:
Change Your Oil Regularly
Changing the oil regularly ensures that your car is running efficiently. If you own a car you know that when the oil is old, the car tends to work much harder and as a result it consumes more gas. To be on the safe side, you should change the oil of your car at least once every three months, or after every 3,000 miles (whichever comes first).
Fill Up Efficiently
Filling the car efficiently involves ensuring that you fill you tank full and you avoid topping up your tank between fills.
This is because it has been shown that topping up the tank not only results to you spending a lot of money on fuel, but it’s also harmful to the environment. Researchers have found that topping up forces liquid fuel into the evaporative emissions system. This is dangerous as it can result to the car getting burned.
Cut the Air Conditioning
While it might be unpleasant to drive long distances without air conditioning, you should consider limiting its use. This is because it has been shown that cars tend to consume more fuel when the air conditioner is on.
Instead of using the air conditioner, you should roll down the car windows. You can also have a cool bottle of water with you and be sipping the water whenever you feel overheated or dehydrated.
Be a Smart Driver
There are many things that make one a smart driver. One of the things is avoiding the city traffic. If you are travelling to an area where you can use the freeway instead of the city streets, you should consider using the highway as you will save a lot of fuel. While it’s recommended that you drive on a highway, you should avoid it if it’s backed up.
You should also avoid idling. When getting into a restaurant or talking to someone, you should always turn off the car—if the situation allows you.
Another smart way of driving is avoiding moving so fast especially when you will have to stop only a few meters ahead. You should note that when you brake you waste all the gas that you used to get the car moving fast.
Avoid Heavy Luggage
An overloaded car consumes more fuel; therefore, you should avoid overloading your car. You should regularly take a look at your car boot and if there are any items that you don’t need, you should get rid of them.
Park in the Shade
Gasoline usually evaporates from the car tank; therefore, you should park your car in the shade to reduce the rate of evaporation. Parking in the shade also keeps the car cool inside and as a result you require less A/C.