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How to Save Money on Gas

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Here are some tips for saving money at the pump:

Drive less.

The first tip is to drive less. This may seem like a little thing, but you can save money by driving less—and it’s good for the environment too! The average American family spends around $1,500 per year on gas, so if you can reduce that number by even 10%, that's an easy way to save some cash.

You can also save money by carpooling with friends or coworkers. If you drive together in one car instead of two, then everyone will get more work done during lunch and breaks because they won't be wasting time sitting in traffic (or waiting for other drivers). Plus, it'll give you something fun to talk about instead of sitting around being bored!

Get a car with great gas mileage.

It's important to know a few things about your car, so you can make sure it's getting the best fuel efficiency possible. First, check the sticker on the window of your car. This will tell you how much gas is supposed to cost, and also give you an idea of how much range a tank should get per gallon. You should also check out the EPA website and Consumer Reports' rankings for fuel efficiency in different cars (or look at Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds).

Finally, keep an eye out for sales on gasoline too! Gas stations often offer discounts on certain days of the week; this information is usually listed in local newspaper ads or online at sites like GasBuddy or AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator

Slow down.

It's no secret that driving faster is expensive. According to AAA, higher speeds can reduce fuel economy by up to 20%, and that's not even counting wear-and-tear on your vehicle. Slowing down also has some other benefits:

  • You'll save money in the long run by reducing wear and tear on your car (and possibly saving money on repairs).
  • You'll be less likely to get in an accident, which can save you even more money than paying for gas would have cost initially.
  • Slowing down reduces stress levels and helps prevent anger-related road rage incidents involving aggressive driving. These side effects alone may make it worth it for you!

Check your tire pressure.

You can save a lot of gas by checking your tire pressure regularly. The first thing to determine is whether or not you need to add air. You should check the pressure when the tires are cold, and then again after they've been used for a while. You should also check it when the temperature is warm as well as when it's cool outside. If you're carrying anything heavy in your car, like luggage or kids, that will also affect the amount of air needed in your tires.

It's important to check tire pressure at different times throughout the day because temperatures fluctuate during this time period—especially if you live near large bodies of water or in other temperate climates. The best way to check your tire pressure is with a gauge that measures PSI (pounds per square inch).

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You can earn points or miles for every dollar you spend on gas, which can be redeemed for gift cards or other perks like discounted oil changes and other services.

Drive smoothly and avoid hard braking.

  • Slow down when approaching a red light or stop sign.
  • Avoid hard braking.
  • Avoid sudden acceleration.
  • Jackrabbit starts are another one to avoid, which means accelerating quickly from a dead stop or slowing down abruptly to make it seem like you're going slower than you really are (for example, some trucks will jackrabbit start when they see a car coming up behind them).
  • If you're in the middle of a turn, don't use your brakes; instead, take your foot off the gas pedal and let gravity do its thing while also leaning into the curve of the road if possible. When approaching an intersection where there's no other traffic around you can also coast through without having to brake at all—just be sure not to put yourself in danger by doing this!

Keep your engine in good shape.

  • Keep your engine in good shape. A well-tuned engine will get you better gas mileage and reduce emissions. If your car has a manual transmission, make sure it's tuned properly for the type of driving you do.
  • Maintain proper tire pressure. Underinflated tires cause more friction between the road and the rubber, reducing fuel economy and increasing wear on other parts of the vehicle (like brakes). Inflate tires to manufacturer's specifications every month or two during warm weather, as needed during cold weather, or after prolonged storage periods such as winter or summer holidays.
  • Keep filters clean. The air filter keeps dirt out of your engine; check it regularly and replace as needed. Fuel filters keep impurities out of gasoline; change them regularly according to manufacturer recommendations (usually around 30,000 miles). There may be other types of filters that need regular maintenance depending on your vehicle type; consult an owner's manual if you're unsure what kind is used in your car or truck!

Avoid idling, especially in cold weather.

  • Avoid idling, especially in cold weather.
  • Cold engines need more fuel to start and take longer to warm up. If you're not going anywhere, turn off your engine and let it warm up before you drive away.
  • Idling wastes money and time—and it's bad for the environment too! Go ahead and read that again: Idling wastes money AND time. It makes no sense at all! Why would you waste both of those things?

Avoid heavy traffic when possible.

  • Avoid rush hour traffic. If you can, avoid driving during peak hours if possible. You'll save money on gas and spend less time in your car.
  • Use back roads whenever possible, especially for long road trips. While it may take longer and be more difficult to reach your destination, using back roads will reduce the chances of encountering heavy traffic along more heavily traveled highways and major thoroughfares that could make your trip longer than necessary—and also lead to higher fuel costs as a result of slower speeds due to more traffic.
  • Consider public transportation instead of driving yourself everywhere; this option may not be available in all cities but is often considered one of the best ways for commuters who live far from their workplaces or other places they need to go regularly, since it allows them to take advantage of mass transit options like buses or subways while saving money on gas expenses (and potentially parking fees). Public transport isn't right for everyone (especially those who need something with more space than what's provided by buses), but if you're looking at ways on how much does it cost per gallon of gasoline vs mileage per gallon calculator so please see link below!

If you combine all these tips, you could save a lot on gas every year!

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If you combine all these tips, you could save a lot on gas every year!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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