Rising costs of oil generally signals higher prices at the gas pump and there are a few things that you can do to help lower those fuel costs. Though some of these are actions that you can take to reduce fuel consumption, keep in mind that a little preventative maintenance also goes a long way, if you want to get better fuel mileage.
Anytime you force your vehicle’s engine to work harder than it should, the strain will cost you in gas now and in repairs downstream.
Even just one or two of these tips can save you money and a few pennies per gallon saved, can make a difference in your monthly fuel costs.
- Shop around for the best prices – as long as you’re not driving miles out of your way. Keep it reasonable, but a full tank can mean a few dollars saved if the difference is notable.
- If gas prices are expected to rise in the morning, take a few minutes now and go fill up; you’ll be smiling on your way to work tomorrow.
- Car pooling to work can result in huge gas savings as well as less wear and tear on your vehicle. You’ll gripe for a few days no doubt, till you see the gas savings at month end.
- Bus or take local transit, walk or ride a bike – even just once or twice a week.
- Avoid idling your engine for no reason; you’ll also reduce pollution besides saving on gas.
- When starting the car by remote, keep the idling time reasonable. No need to warm it up (or cool it) for 20 minutes, when 5 or 12 minutes is sufficient. Also make sure you’re close to being ready to go out the door, before starting the car.
- Remove vehicle roof carriers, campers or other add-ons to the vehicle that are not needed. This will lower the wind resistance and you’ll get better fuel mileage per gallon.
- Be proactive with regards to vehicle tune-ups. An engine that has to work harder than necessary, uses more fuel.
- Drive the speed limit and use cruise control if you have that setting; fluctuations in speed tend to use more gas.
- Ensure tire pressure is correct – refer to your vehicle manual. And when were tires last rotated, balanced?
- Avoid over-cooling the vehicle when not needed. A lower air conditioning setting might be enough.
- If you’re planning on upgrading your vehicle, make fuel efficiency a high priority purchase decision
- If towing a trailer or such, stay within your vehicle’s towing limit and be kinder on the engine.
- Some tires give better fuel economy; consider upgrading.
Though it can be difficult to do, we’ve to accept the fact that in order to save the most, we had to downsize our van to a more fuel efficient smaller SUV. Though we sacrificed cargo room and comfort, we’ve reaped fuel savings at the pump. Is your vehicle a gas hog?