Gas prices are once again on the rise with today’s average at $3.772 across the country. Here are 5 easy ways to save money on gas.
This is an easy one – is your car efficient right now? I’m not talking about trading in your truck for a hybrid. I’m talking about maintenance. A car with regular oil changes and properly inflated tires gets better gas mileage. In addition, don’t carry around heavy items you don’t need.
Best gas prices
Finding the best gas prices is easy if you have a smart phone. There are tons of apps available with local gas prices so you can find the cheapest fill-up. Gas Buddyis a personal favorite of mine because it has the biggest community, meaning it’s always pretty accurate.
Driving around town to save a few pennies doesn’t make sense, but this helps you plan ahead. If the gas station by your office is 10 cents lower than the one by your house, wait to fill up until you get to work.
Believe it or not, your driving habits have an effect on your fuel consumption. Don’t accelerate quickly or brake unnecessarily; coast when you can.
While idling for long periods of time uses up gas, turning off your car only benefits you if you’re sitting for more than a few minutes.
Drive less and efficiently
Traveling less is an easy way to use less gas, but sometimes you need to drive somewhere. In those cases, plan your trips effectively. Combine trips and compare traffic patterns to determine your best course.
Most major gas station chains and major credit card companies offer rewards like cash back or points when you buy gas. Take advantage of these if you are responsible with credit card debt to save as much money as you can.