So how do you like putting $40 of gas into your car when it used to take only $20...and the size of your gas tank hasn't gotten larger? If you don't like it and want to save some money on gas, read on.
There isn't a whole lot you can do as an individual about the price of a gallon of gas, but you can influence how often you need to stuff that $40 into the pockets of "Big Oil". The answer is simple..........USE LESS GASOLINE............This is no secret, but the key word in that phrase is USE...it is a verb that implies that YOU need to take action...to change your driving habits and the way you use your car.
There are basically three types of things you can do to reduce your gas consumption and save some money:
- Drive less.
- Drive more intelligently.
- Maintain your car in tip-top condition.
Here are a few effective methods in each of these categories that you can put into practice to save on gas...if you really want to...
- DRIVE LESS
- Don't take short trips in your car if you can walk...like to the mailbox...or from one end of the mall to the other because it's "too far to walk"...think of this as part of your exercise routine to stay active and attractive.
- Don't use fast food (or bank) drive-throughs if there is more than one car already in line...park and walk in...besides, this will give you a chance to use the restroom.
- When doing errands that involve driving, do several errands at the same time to avoid another errand run in the near future.
- Park at the first spot you find even if you have to walk a bit further. Don't spend twenty minutes looking for the primo parking spot, wasting time and gas.
- Get a friend to drive once in a while. This is very effective until your friend figures it all out. Or, carpool and switch off driving to make it even between the two...or three...or four of you.
- DRIVE MORE INTELLIGENTLY
- Drive at the speed limit, not 15 MPH over...faster means fewer MPG. Especially around town that extra 15 MPH means only a few minutes difference in getting to your destination.
- Drive more smoothly...forget the jack-rabbit starts...forget the head-snapping acceleration when passing on the freeway...these habits only eat fuel.
- There is no need to race to a red light only to then jam on your brakes. Slow down and coast if the light ahead is already red. The light may well turn green while you are still rolling and you won't need to go thru another jack-rabbit start.
- MAINTAIN YOUR CAR IN TIP-TOP SHAPE
My only advice here is to KEEP YOUR TIRE PRESSURE AT THE PROPER LEVEL
Yes, it's a pain in the butt, but very effective. The best approach is to get a decent tire pressure gauge and keep it in your glove box. Then go to the gas station first thing some morning (one that's close so the tires don't heat up) and adjust the tire pressure according to the manufacturer's specs. A week later, check your tire pressure (again cold) and see if it has dropped noticeably. If yes, then it's time to visit the gas station again for air...and now you know you'll need to do this every week.
More likely you won't need air the first week. Keep measuring your tire pressure once a week until you do see a drop of a couple of PSI in one of your tires. More than likely it will take a month before you need air. But now you have established approximately how often you will need to visit the air pump for a "hit". You can drop the weekly check to something less frequent depending on your tire leakage rate.
Remember that by driving you will heat up your tires and raise your tire pressure. So try to measure your pressure with cold tires or before driving more than about a mile.
Anyone can probably save money and use less gas with the tips listed above. The key is whether YOU are concerned enough to do so. If you think about your wallet, the trade balance of the U.S. and global warming, how can you not?