Even with the recent price drop at gas stations, people are always looking for a way to save money when it comes to filling up. You may think your car’s fuel economy is set in stone, since it’s based on its combined MPG rating. However, as you’ve probably noticed, the way you drive and maintain your vehicle can make a huge difference in its fuel consumption. Follow these easy gas-savings tips and instantly become a smarter, safer and more frugal driver.
Keep Windows Closed as Much as Possible
To preserve your vehicle’s aerodynamic profile, keep your windows closed whenever possible. Open windows increases drag and your vehicle’s fuel consumption. By doing this, you can save up to 4% on your gas budget.
Reduce A/C Usage
Now, don’t start thinking you’re stuck bearing the heat during your drives in the summer. If you’re driving in areas with a speed limit below 55 mph, open the windows and enjoy the breeze. When you’re on the highway and/or driving over 55, keep your windows closed and use the air conditioning. Also, don’t set your air conditioning on high and at the coldest temperatures. Utilize the recirculation or economy settings to help save on gas during the summer, which usually has the highest fuel prices of the year.
We’re not trying to play Mom, but slowing your roll could help you save up to 14 cents a gallon. For those who enjoy driving at the speed limit while on the Interstate, reduce your normal speed by 5 mph next time you’re on the highway. For every 5 mph you decrease your speed (from 70 mph to 65 mph), you vehicle can reduce fuel consumption by 7%.
Admit it. We’ve all had that moment on the road where we’re stuck behind the world’s slowest slowpoke in the left lane and feel our blood slowly start to boil. However, “angry driving” habits like rapid acceleration can cost you BIG in the long run. If you’re at a traffic light, don’t treat the green light like you’re at the Daytona 500 or you’ll pay for it later. Gradually accelerating your car and slowly coming to a stop can increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 35%!
Check Air Filter
Did you know that a clean air filter can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by as much as 10%? That’s roughly 20 cents a gallon! Nearly a fourth of the driving population needs to replace their air filter; check your air filter and make sure you’re not a part of that 25%. This is also one of the easiest and cost-effective maintenance jobs you can do yourself.
Treat Your Car Like a Car; Not a Storage Unit
Do you like to keep stuff in your trunk, like golf clubs, a tent from when you went camping last summer, or six bags full of old clothes you’ve been meaning to drop off at Goodwill? Your vehicle is made for you to get from point A to point B; not to hold big items you couldn’t find room for in your closet. For every 250 extra pounds you remove from your vehicle, you will save an extra mile per gallon on fuel consumption!
How to Save More Money (with an extended warranty)
Imagine yourself driving down the highway and suddenly become blinded from smoke coming out of your hood. You quickly put your hazards on, slow down and try to veer over to the side of the road as fast as possible. Unfortunately, the driver behind you doesn’t respond quickly enough and rear ends your vehicle. Not only do you have to worry about the repair of your vehicle’s exterior, but you are now responsible for the cost of a new transmission. Prepare for the unexpected and invest in an extended warranty to cover these kinds of costs. Warranty Direct’s plans all come with additional benefits like car rental reimbursement, roadside assistance, the choice of repair facility, and more. It truly does pay to be prepared!
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