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 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.