With personal experience of hardships and struggles. Charles is accustomed to surviving with less and making the best of it.
Higher Fuel Prices
With the current inflation and gas prices at an all-time high in America as well as many other countries around the world, the priorities of everyday folks are being affected at an alarming rate. Today, people must choose between filling their gas tanks or filling their family's bellies. For those not struggling, this situation is unheard of. For those of us that make these choices daily, we understand the effects of inflation and high gas prices. We need to get to work or school daily and when our fuel costs increase, the ability to get to work may be impacted in some cases. This causes people to either fill the tank to get to work to earn more money to fill the tank again...A never-ending circle that doesn't take the other costs of one's life and family into account. Expenses such as food, healthcare, household items, and a multitude of other costs besides gas. When fuel prices rise to this level, it's best to do everything you can to maximize the fuel you put into your car and save money where you can in order to pay for the other expenses in your life. Follow along for some of my top money-saving tips to beat high gas prices.
Beating Higher Fuel Prices
Compare Fuel Prices
With higher fuel prices comes increased competition with gas stations. You can take advantage of this competition and save money by shopping around for the lowest price. GPS apps such as Waze and Google Maps contain built-in fuel price comparisons. A dedicated fuel comparison app such as Gas Buddy is helpful as well. Simply search for "gas station" and you will be presented with a list of nearby gas stations and the price per gallon. This allows you to make an informed decision and purchase gas at the lowest price possible.
Proper Tire Pressure
Keeping the tires of your vehicle properly inflated can increase your gas mileage by up to three percent on average according to the information I found on the U.S. Department of Energy website. With properly inflated tires, not only will you save money on your daily fuel costs but you will also be able to ensure the maximum tread life of the tires of your car which in turn will save even more money in the long run. Your vehicle's proper tire pressure can be located on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or in the vehicle's operator's manual. Take note of these pressures and not the pressures indicated on the sidewall of the tire itself as these indicate the maximum tire pressure and not the proper operating pressure.
A Well Maintained Engine
To maintain good gas mileage, a well-maintained engine is key. A properly running engine will provide the best fast mileage possible as opposed to an engine that is running poorly or has a check engine light indicated in the dash cluster. Ensure that sparkplugs are changed at the proper intervals to avoid fouled plugs which leads to poor vehicle performance. Change your oil regularly to prevent friction which robs your vehicle of horsepower and leads to poor gas mileage as well. I recommend adding a fuel system treatment at least every other fill-up to keep your vehicle's fuel injectors or carburetor operating at their peak. These inexpensive tips can lead to great fuel cost savings in today's world of skyrocketing prices at the pump.
Improving Your Driving Habits
Speeding and heavy acceleration can lower your gas mileage considerably. Learn to take it easy on the pedal and lower your overall speed when driving. Your vehicle's fuel economy and gas mileage decrease significantly every time you stomp on the pedal. Slow and steady pressure on the accelerator pedal will lead to higher fuel cost savings. Keep your top speed to a minimum, no more than 50 miles per hour. Speeds over 50 greatly reduce the fuel efficiency of most vehicles and therefore reduce the amount of money in your pockets. Take it easy out there, your wallet depends on it.
Idling is Bad
If you plan to leave your car idling for an extended period, keep in mind that the average vehicle can use up to one gallon of gas for every hour the vehicle is left idling. Not to mention, an idling vehicle is a great target for car thieves. Save some money and peace of mind by just shutting down the engine and giving it a break. An often overlooked money saver and a quick solution to Improving your vehicle's overall fuel economy.
I hope you've enjoyed How to Beat Skyrocketing Fuel Prices at the Pump 5 Easy Ways to Save Money While Improving Gas Mileage. My goal is to help others save money by passing on what information I've learned over the years. Times are tough right now and may get tougher. The best thing we can do is save a little money where we can and strive to make the world a better place. Thanks for stopping by! Best wishes and happy savings to all.
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