by Brandi Savitt – May 2, 2011
With gas prices well over $4 per gallon in much of the country and continuing to rise, it’s time to get smart about how you drive and the gas you guzzle. We’ve gathered the top ten Fab & Fru gas saving tips we could find so you can learn how to use less gas and save more money!
Find the Cheapest Gas Prices
Before you go fill her up just anywhere, do a little research to find the gas station near you with the best prices. GasBuddy.com can help you find the best prices anywhere in North America. They also have an App for your Smart Phone so you can find the best deals while you’re on the road. Just remember, don’t drive too far out of your way to get the lowest prices – you don’t need to lose your deal by eating your savings on your drive to the station!
Don’t Skimp on Tune-Ups
Be sure to maintain your engine, change your air filters and use the right oil. A properly maintained vehicle runs more efficiently and gives you better mileage - saving you money in gas!
Do you drive a lot for work or are you planning a road trip? AAA’s fuelcostcalculator.com can save you a ton on the road by helping to estimate your travel expenses as well as also suggest to users where to find the cheapest gas.
Save On Gas By Cleaning Out Your Car
Don’t store unnecessary items in the trunk or in the backseat of your car. It’s shocking how quickly random things can add up to hundreds of pounds. Any extra weight decreases your fuel economy, and you will use more gas more quickly.
Top Off the Air in Your Tires Every Few Weeks
Driving on under-inflated tires not only reduces the life of the tire, but it makes your engine work harder and could burn gas up to 15% faster according to some experts. Keep the air levels in your tires at the car manufacturer’s recommended pressure & avoid overfilling. The best time to fill your tires is when they are still cold. So try to find a free pump within a mile or so of your house, office or errand route – before your tires are too hot too handle!
Stop Putting the Pedal to the Metal
Hey speed demons – stop putting the pedal to the metal – your car burns a lot more gas when you go over 60 miles per hour.
Park Your Car In the Shade
Parking your car in the shade or in the garage will help keep your tank full longer. Gasoline actually evaporates right out of your tank so ALWAYS avoid parking directly in the sun – winter or summer. Parking in the shade also keeps your car cooler inside, so you will need less A/C to cool off when you start your drive.
Fill Your Tank Full
Fill your tank all the way each time you visit the pump. You may think that you’re saving money filling up $10 here and $20 there, but you’re actually wasting time and gas by traveling back and forth to the station. Fill her up all at once and you’ll big save in the long run!| Print
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