According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the national price average of gas right now is $3/gallon and it’s expected to decline further in the coming weeks. But even though the price of gas is at its lowest since 2010, it’s always a good idea to try to be as efficient as possible so that you can spend your money on other important things.
Now the question is, how can you save money on gas?
There are actually dozens of ways you can do so, and here are some of the most practical tips to keep in mind:
If you have errands, try to combine them all in one trip. So instead of buying your groceries on Tuesday and paying your bills on Wednesday, do both in one day. For trips that are closer to your home or office, consider walking or riding your bike to get there. Not only will you save money, but it can also help you stay fit and healthy.
Drive in moderate speed
Driving fast can get your adrenalin pumping but it also increases drag, which then leads to bigger fuel consumption. The aerodynamic drag will increase exponentially when you drive faster. Try to drive at 55 mph instead of 65 mph for a few days and then compare the amount of gas your car uses up. You’ll definitely notice a significant difference.
Turn off the engine
Idling wastes gasoline…a lot! And it also contributes to pollution! So if you’re waiting at the parking lot while your wife is getting a pedicure, turn off the engine and roll down your windows instead.
Check your air filter
A clean air filter actually improves gas mileage by up to 10% which means you will save around 20 cents a gallon.
Check your tires
If your tires are under inflated, then they are likely to wear out faster and at the same time, waste gas. Another thing to keep in mind is that tire pressure is affected by changes in temperature so be sure to check the psi regularly especially when there are drastic weather changes.
Tune up your car’s engine
A properly tuned engine will make the car more fuel efficient. Although newer cars nowadays can run for more than 30,000 miles without a tune up, if you can’t remember the last time you had a tuneup, it’s possibly time to schedule one.
Avoid stepping on the brake unnecessarily
Experts say breaking excessively is a major cause of gas wastage and it also wears out the brake pads quickly. When stuck in traffic, just distance yourself from the car in front of you so that you won’t need to step on the brake all the time.
Choose the best route
Before you leave your home or office, plan your route ahead of time. Take the route with fewer traffic lights and stop signs, and of course, lesser traffic.
And finally, if you are still shopping for a car, make sure to buy a fuel efficient vehicle. Better yet, get an electric vehicle (EV). Forbes has listed the BMW i3 as 2015’s most fuel efficient car, running a full 100 miles per charge. How cool is that?