More... Simple Gas Saving Tips
Charles Dickens certainly had a way of cutting through all the bull when it came to money. He said, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”
When good times are rolling, many of us forget old adages that remind us that small savings really due add up and make a difference. However, when things get tight, most of us are looking for any and all ways to save here, there and everywhere. So, here are a few more simple tips to help you save on fuel costs.
1) Coasting a Two for One
That’s right…learning to coast (meaning to reduce your speed by 1/4th to 1/3rd of your speed) not only will significantly reduce your fuel usage, but will also save you considerable wear on your brakes. In fact, this one tip is probably the most significant way to save gas. You’ll want to coast as far as safely possible before coming to a stop.
2) Regular Maintenance
Fuel economy demands regular maintenance on your vehicle. Use synthetic engine oil (if it’s compatible) and change it per your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations. Synthetic for most cars and trucks actually lowers the engine's turning resistance, plus it handles higher internal temperatures without breaking down as easily. The result - better mileage! Keeping your transmission fluid topped and changing the filter at least every 50,000 miles also helps.
3) Forget the Drive-Through - OH No, Not That!
Forget getting in that long line of cars waiting to pick up their lunch at the drive-through window, idling all the way around the restaurant. Park and go inside to place your order. You will be surprised how many times you will go in, get out with your order and be on your way before the car at the end of the line has made it through. Plus, a little exercise never hurts.
4) Lighten Your Load (Forget the Drive-Through:-)
Common sense tells you that the less weight you carry in your car, the better gas mileage you will get. The next time you clean your car or truck, remove all the non-essentials from the vehicle.
5) Planning & Combining Trips
When running errands that require multiple stops, start with the longest leg of your trip first. This will help get the engine up to its optimum operating temperature before you turn it off when you arrive at your first stop. Your engine will run more efficiently, put out lower emissions and start easier once it's up to operating temperature. You should also combine trips whenever possible. Go to the store on your way home from work. Get gas when you pick the kids up from school. All vehicles run most efficiently when fully warmed up.
6) How to Save $0.24 per Gallon
Every vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed, but gas mileage generally decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. In fact, it’s safe to assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. And, let's face it, observing the speed limit is also safer, too.
So, try a few of these tips and remember, economizing is easier than agonizing. You might also want to use your savings to purchase an extended warranty that will protect you, your vehicle and your wallet.
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