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How to save money on gas

How to save money on gas Last month when I filled up my Ford Focus it was only $30. Last week, it was a whopping $38. With gas prices on the rise again, you may be worried if you’ve recently purchased a new truck or SUV. Well have no fear – here are some tips to save money on gas.

Is your car efficient?

The biggest difference you’ll see in gas consumption is having timely oil changes and keeping your tires properly inflated. I’ve seen a 3-4 mpg increase on my Focus after inflating my withered tires. Keep your car wind resistant by not having racks, storage bins or anything else on the outside of your car that would create drag. And if you’re still carrying around that box of clothes for Goodwill, now is the time to drop it off because unnecessary weight will decrease your mpg.

Avoid idling

Avoid idling for more than a few minutes. If you know you’re going to be sitting for awhile, turn off the car. However, don’t turn it off if you’re only sitting in the drive thru lane for two minutes because your car will use more gas to turn back on.

No pedals to the metal

Rapid acceleration and braking wastes a lot of gas, so if you’re one of those speedy drivers that zips through everyone, you should probably stop doing that. Accelerating at a slower rate will help increase your gas mileage. Also, most cars get the best gas mileage at 65-70 mph so avoid excessive speeding.

There’s an app for that

If you’ve got a smart mobile phone, you’re in luck because these platforms have apps for comparing gas prices. iPhone, Android and Windows phones all have the GasBuddy app, but if you don’t have one of these phones, you’re still in luck because you can visit m.gasbuddy.com on any mobile browser (or a web browser if you choose) to search for the cheapest gas prices in your area. There are alternatives on each app market, but in my opinion, GasBuddy is the best.

Be rewarded for buying gas

Many gas station and grocery store chains, such as Exxon and Kroger have rewards programs for gas purchases. Take advantage of these because there is no risk to you but to shop at the same chains. You can also look into rewards credit cards, but be careful of interest and fees which could negate any savings you might have.

6 Responses

  • Posted by Vanessa on Mar 8, 2011

    No wonder my husband gets much worse gas mileage than me when we drive the same car! He drives around like a hare while I win the race.

  • Posted by Christine on Mar 8, 2011

    Wow I didn’t know cars are most efficient at 65-70, no wonder my city mpg is so bad compared to highway

  • Posted by Jean on Mar 9, 2011

    gasbuddy is a great app. its tons better than driving around trying to find the cheapest gas price.

  • Posted by Deborah Spagnuolo on Mar 22, 2011

    Wow, i just paid $40 for a a tank of gas that used to cost me $30! I’ve seen the rewards programs and haven’t tried one out yet. But now that the prices are rising again, I’m going to check out Kroger’s program. It’s not that hard to shop at the same store each time I go grocery shopping if it saves me money.

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