I’m sure you’re trying to find every penny, nickle, dime, and quareter underneathe the couch cushions for extra change to fill up your gas tank.
Of course, I have that same problem so I found some tips online on how WE ALL can save money while dealing with the rising gas prices:
Don’t get weighed down. To increase your gas mileage, start by removing unnecessary weight from your trunk and other areas of your vehicle. You also can reduce drag by removing items from roof racks and putting them inside the car or trunk — or, better yet, inside the garage. And did you know that you can improve your fuel economy by up to 5 percent by taking a removable roof rack off your vehicle? Now might be a good time to do just that, especially if you rarely use the roof rack.
Do some sleuth work online. You can visit a variety of Web sites to get an idea of where to find the least expensive gasoline near your home or job. Why not bookmark a few of those sites, which are free to use, and do a little bit of research? Here are some to try:
The devil will find work for idle cars to do. Try to avoid long warm-ups and other situations where your engine idles for more than 30 seconds. Keeping the engine running longer than that will burn more gasoline than restarting the engine entirely, so turn the ignition key to the off position if you anticipate a long wait.
Get to a mechanic. By getting regular tune-ups, you can avoid gas-mileage problems caused by dragging brakes, worn spark plugs, a clogged air filter, low transmission fluid or the transmission’s failure to go into high gear. Also, make a point of using the recommended grade of motor oil for your vehicle and getting periodic wheel alignments. To find out how often you should be doing these things, check that little book that came with your vehicle and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.
Stay inflated. Keep your tires properly inflated to the maximum recommended pressure, which can be located on a label inside your car. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy say tires underinflated by just 2 pounds per square inch can reduce your gas mileage by nearly 1 percent. In contrast, properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by about 3.3 percent.
Slow down — and drive fast the right way. Want to improve your gas mileage by a whopping 15 percent? Try driving 55 mph instead of 65 mph. You’ll also see improvements if you avoid quick starts and sudden braking whenever possible. In addition, if your car has overdrive gearing or cruise control, remember to make use of it as soon as your speed is high enough.
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