How to Save Money: 10 Tricks to Lower Gas Costs

We all want to know all the secrets on how to make our vehicles as fuel-efficient as possible in order to save some cash. Below is a list of 10 ways in which we are confident will help lower gas costs and save you money. Stop wasting your money on gas and start keeping not only your tank full, but also your pockets.

1.     Drive Time
Although this is an obvious one, many people just simply drive too much. Ways you can reduce your excessive driving is by taking the healthier alternative and start walking or riding a bike to locations not too far away. You can also combine errands into one trip to avoid making numerous trips.

2.     Warming Time
If you are one of those people that like to warm up your engine prior to driving then you probably have been guilty of letting your car idle for a long time. If you are going to warm your engine, you should do so for only a few minutes tops or you will begin to waste a fair amount of fuel while also contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Also, if you have a more modern vehicle you are not really required to warm up the engine as much as older model vehicles.

3.     Buying Time
When it comes to purchasing gas, the time of day in which you pay can play a crucial part in the quality and cost of the gas. For the most part, gas is cooler earlier in the day making the quality denser than later in the day. The lower the gas’ density the less fuel you are actually pumping into your tank, but still paying the same amount. Another thing to keep in mind is that gas prices tend to be lower at the beginning of the week, so if you usually fill up once a week you are best to do so Monday-Wednesday.

4.     Brake Time
The timing in which you brake can be crucial to the fuel-efficiency of your vehicle. Maintaining a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you when you are in traffic allows you time to break earlier and idle. This not only saves gas in the long run, but it also has less wear on your brakes and ultimately is just a much safer way to drive.

5.     Idle Time
If you find yourself in dead stop traffic because of a major accident or you happen to live in LA then this is a great time to put your car in park and cut the engine all together. You can also take this approach when waiting to pick someone up or if you unfortunately get caught at a railroad crossing. Idling for extensive amounts of time is not only wasteful to your funds but also donates to the already excessive pollutants in the air.

6.     Filling Time
I know this can be tough, but waiting until your take is pretty much dry is the wrong way to handle things. Doing this only causes you to fill up at the nearest station and sometimes this can be a place that charges much more than normal. Do yourself a favor and try to fill up around half full to 3 quarters empty.

7.     Highway Time
When you are doing long road trips it is hard to avoid not filling up at a gas station conveniently located right off of the highway. However, the station owners know this and therefore usually charge an arm and a leg for fuel. So, if possible plan ahead or search for stations a little off the highway to fill up on your trips and save yourself some money!

8.     Tire Time
Waiting till it is obvious that your tires need to be filled is the wrong way to go about it. You should continually check your tire-pressure to ensure that you are always driving on quality tires. Studies have shown that under-inflated tires are directly related to less mileage per tank because of the increased friction with the road which in turn results in more spending for gas over time.

9.     Manual and Automatic Cars

When driving a manual car, you already have a leg up automatic transmission cars because manual transmissions are more fuel-efficient. Shifting up as early as necessary and shifting down as late as possible can save you money on gas over time and of course shift into neutral when stationary to reduce wear on your vehicles transmission. For automatic drivers, there is the luxury of cruise control, this allows you to maintain a frequent speed which ultimately leads to a more fuel-efficient approach to driving longer distances while conserving gasoline.

10.  Fuel-Efficient Car
If it is time for you to purchase a new vehicle you should really consider purchasing a fuel-efficient car. Granted, nowadays most vehicles are already fuel-efficient so taking a more environmentally friendly approach such as an electric car can be a great choice.

If you follow these tips or just a few of these, you will over time find yourself saving money that you otherwise would have had to put in your tank. Now that you have some tricks to lowering gas costs, put them to the test and enjoy. Safe driving!

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