These days, more and more people are shocked at the amount of money it costs to completely fill up their gas tank. Gas is one expense that drivers cannot avoid completely, but there are ways to cut down on high gas costs.
1. Keep your tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires not only wear out the tire tread, but they waste gas. Additionally, routinely check your tires for balance and alignment.
2. A well-tuned engine uses less fuel. Get routine tune-ups and follow through with regular upkeep and maintenance.
3. Clean out your car and trunk. Extra weight burns extra gas.
4. Unless your car manual states otherwise, use the lowest (and most inexpensive) grade of gas.
5. If your local gas station charges an extra fee for credit card use, find another gas station to go to or pay with cash instead.
6. Slowing down even just a little can save you a lot in gas.
7. Keep your gas cap on tightly. Purchase a new one if the one you have now doesn’t fit securely. Otherwise, fuel can easily evaporate.
8. If you drive a lot, consider investing in a fuel-efficient vehicle, such as a hybrid or electric car.
9. Use your air conditioning and heater as less frequently as possible.
10. Take off snow tires when winter is over. Large tires and deep tread wastes more gas.
11. Shop around to find the gas station in your area offering the lowest prices. Even just a few cents lower per gallon can make a big difference when you’re filling up.
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Nothing above is meant to provide financial or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.