Gas prices are soaring! Elevated travel expenses have become the result. If you are traveling by car, then you can control some of the costs.
Here are several ways you can save money on gas.
Synthetic motor oil is what you can choose instead. Besides making your car a little less hungry at the gas station, this will also reduce engine friction.
Use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil. Manufacturer specs are based on what is best for your vehicle.
You need to buy gas with the recommended octane rating. It’s likely that premium is detrimental to a lot of engines.
You should fill up on gas during the coolest times of day. In each gallon, you get more gas because liquids expand in the heat.
After you fill up, make sure that the gas cap is tight. Gas evaporates easily. If the cap is improperly seated, then you can lose an appreciable amount.
Inflate your tires to the recommendation of the manufacturer and check them before your holiday. If tires are underinflated, it can drag and increase gas consumption. Never drive on bald tires! They increase fuel consumption and they are also unsafe.
Don’t leave your engine idling for long periods of time. This also includes pre-warming. One minute is all you need. You can start off slowly then after a couple of minutes, you can use normal speeds.
Another thing you should avoid is continually stopping and starting your engine. Each start burns about the same amount of gas as one minute of idle time. You should drive in such a way that entails minimal use of the breaks.
Driving the speed limit on highways is what you can do. If you speed, then it will devour gas. Whenever possible, activate your cruise control.
Stop lights in cities are usually set to synchronize with the posted speed limit. You are more likely to hit a long series of green lights if you drive the speed limit. When you stop at red lights, idle time and gas consumption increases.
Avoid packing more than you need. You will use more gas if you are carrying more weight.
Decrease wind resistance. If a car is caked with snow, ice, or mud, it will drag and burn more gas than a vehicle that is sleek and clean.
Don’t use the air conditioner unless necessary.
Pamper your vehicle by ensuring that it goes in for regular tune-ups and maintenance. If there are slight adjustments, then it could mean dramatic fuel savings.
Before you leave, do your research to find out where the cheapest gas stations are. Use your common sense such as knowing that driving too far out of your way will gobble up more gas than you can save.
Trade your gas guzzler (if you own one) with a relative or neighbor for a smaller vehicle while you’re on vacation. Make sure that insurance policies on both vehicles are in order first.
You can even use your feet. Whenever possible, walk once you get to your destination. You will really get to know an area if you walk.