Gas prices don’t seem like they’re going down soon. Your budget can have a major difference if you cut gas costs. Unless your vehicle requires premium fuel, use the lowest octane you can. Changing air filters, spark plus, and keeping up the tire pressure can help you conserve gas. There are many steps, but they often get overlooked.
First Step: Keep your vehicle cleaned out. Extra weight will make your engine work harder in hot months. In colder months, this might help by giving the vehicle traction. During the heat of the summer carry only what is necessary in your vehicle, the trunk especially. The more weight in the vehicle the harder the engine will have to work and the more gas it will consume. The bigger the vehicle the more gas it will use to travel down the road just because it has greater mass and weighs more. The engine works harder to move the bigger vehicles down the road. If you are carrying something in your vehicle that is not essential it is best to remove it. It may be boxes or skis or power tools or anything that is unnecessary to carry around on a daily basis in your vehicle. Step Number Two: Although refraining from using your vehicle altogether is neither possible nor necessary it is a good idea to consolidate the trips that you do take in your vehicle.
Instead of going to the store for one or two items, make a list and wait until it’s necessary. Combine your errands list to do them all in one trip.
When you make car trips, decide what vehicle is necessary for each trip. Use the smallest vehicle if you don’t need much trunk space.
The time of day can also make a difference. If you are constantly hitting rush hour traffic traveling back and forth because of work you might consider approaching your employer to see if your work times might be different so that you miss the heavy traffic times. If this isn’t a possibility, try leaving an hour early and getting breakfast or something. Rush hour traffic can be the culprit of a lot of fuel use. Don’t stop in drive-thru’s either, park and go inside.