Do you want to get more out of your car? Gas prices are soaring sky high with no ceiling in sight. Luckily, by changing just a few of your driving habits you can save big at the pump!
These days, it’s more important than ever to stretch your dollar and we’re here to help you with 12 tips to make your car as efficient as possible:
- It may be convenient to go to the nearest gas station at the end of your block but convenience comes at a price! Especially if you do this regularly. Prices vary among stations and often gas stations closest to big roadways have higher prices. Try to find more affordable gas prices by searching online or use the Gas Buddy app to simplify your search.
Use A Gas Credit Card
- Gas credit cards offer rewards and discounts for spending on fuel. There are tons of gas reward cards that allow you to earn points as you spend at the gas station. Points can then be redeemed for cash back or other items. Gas station rebate cards allow you to earn rebates based on how much gas you purchase from a particular brand. Many major credit cards participate in these types of deals and can help you offset your gas spending with rewards and rebates.
Get A Tune Up
- Proper car maintenance is key to getting the most out of your vehicle. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 4% by getting regular tune-ups. Don’t forget your air filter! A clean air filter can improve your gas mileage by as much as 10%.
Clean Out Your Car
- Some of us turn our cars into a closet or garage. Your vehicle is not a storage container – clean it out to prevent extra consumption of gas! By lightening the load and removing excess weight your car will be more efficient on fuel.
Tighten Your Gas Cap
- Twist the cap until you hear it click. A loose gas cap allows fumes to evaporate and can hurt your vehicles fuel economy. If your gas cap is missing or broken, it may be worth it to have it replaced.
- When possible, try using cruise control which will help you maintain a constant speed. This can help you conserve fuel on the highway.
Drive The Speed Limit
- We all have places to be and appointments to make. Driving over the speed limit is not only unsafe but it can decrease your fuel consumption by 7%. Not to mention, by driving the speed limit you can avoid a hefty speeding ticket that’s sure to set you back hundreds.
Close Your Windows
- When driving at high speeds with the windows open your car is less aerodynamic and can decrease fuel efficiency by up to 10%. As much as we all like a nice breeze, keep your windows closed when driving at high speeds to be a more efficient traveler.
- Make an effort to drive more smoothly and avoid riding your brakes. You may be in a rush, but slamming on the gas when the light turns green is a sure way to empty your gas tank faster than you think. Moderate acceleration and gradual stops will help you cut gas consumption by as much as 35%.
Pump It Up
- Take care of your tires and make sure they are inflated properly, especially when the weather changes. The temperature outside affects the pressure inside your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure periodically because under-inflation can cause a 2.8% drop in fuel efficiency.
Map It Out
- With technology at our fingertips (not while driving), it is simple to map out our routes ahead of time and find the shortest/fastest route to our destination. You can even check the traffic to adjust your route accordingly and save on gas.
Cash Is King
- The majority of gas stations charge you more to pay with a credit card than cash. At the start of each week, visit the ATM to avoid being charged additionally for using credit.