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May 10, 2022

With Gas Prices at All-Time High, Here are Ways to Save

By Jessica Nicole

One of the biggest budget-busters of the modern age is gasoline. With gas prices rising exponentially, frequent commuters will relate to the dreadful feeling of seeing an empty gas tank. With gas costs rising, fuel efficiency is more important than ever. Here are six ways that you can save on gas by improving your car’s fuel efficiency.

  1. Keep your speed steady and low. 

All cars have vehicle speed optimization. This is the speed at which your vehicle performs the best, drives safest and uses the least amount of gas. You can check your car’s user manual to see what speed your car performs at its best. The average speed at which most vehicles reach fuel optimization is between 45 and 50 miles per hour.

  1. Performs regular maintenance. 

Rotating your tires, changing oil and addressing any maintenance issues your car is experiencing can help increase your fuel efficiency. If you follow the recommended maintenance schedule provided by your car’s dealership, your car will perform better overall. Whether you head over to your local mechanic shop or perform maintenance on your own, it is good to frequently check your vehicle to ensure you are getting the most out of the machine.

  1. Limit idling. 

Sometimes, especially if you are frequently commuting during rush hour traffic, it is impossible to avoid idling. Still, the more you can limit idling, the better. When you idle your car, you burn more fuel than you do when you start your vehicle. If you know you are going to be stopped for a while, consider shutting your engine off rather than putting it in park and idling.

  1. Check your tire pressure frequently. 

It is important to check your tire pressure frequently in order to increase fuel efficiency. When your tires are under-inflated, you actually burn more gas! Tire pressure fluctuates based on car usage and external temperatures. 

  1. Drop the extra weight. 

If you are carrying additional weight in your vehicle, such as bike racks, roof racks, hitches or heavy items inside the car, consider ditching the extra weight when not necessary. Carrying even 100 pounds of additional weight can significantly affect your car’s fuel consumption.

  1. Plan trips ahead of time. 

If you know you need to travel, plan your trip ahead of time so that you can choose the most fuel-efficient route. Looking at a map ahead of time also helps you avoid getting lost, thus preventing unnecessary turnarounds or reroutes. 

  1. Consider electric.

Another way to increase fuel efficiency is to invest in an electric or hybrid vehicle. Although this may not be the most practical for short term fuel efficiency, the investment will definitely pay off in the long run.

In the end, let’s all just hope that gas prices go down soon. In the meanwhile, drive safe!