Gas prices seem to have stabilized and even has been on the decrease. Hopefully they won’t rise again, probably though this is wishful thinking.
Here are 6 tips do to help use less gas.
Don’t drive if you don’t have to.
This seems obvious, but how often do we get in the car to drive just a few blocks. If you are close enough to your destination to walk or even ride a bike. Do so. Not only will it save on use of the gas, but you will also be getting exercise.
Plan the trip before you even start it making the stops in the most efficient route. Not only is this a gas saver it’s also a time safer.
Use the air conditioner smartly.
When traveling at speeds over 40 miles an hour you actually use more fuel by having your windows open, then using the air conditioner. In Stop and Go traffic though it’s more fuel efficient to turn the air condition off and open the windows.
Keep the vehicle well maintained.
Under inflated tires can decrease gas mileage. Many newer tires may look properly inflated, but still be under inflated. Seasonal temperature changes can also change the air pressure of the tire. You will also want to keep the other parts of the vehicle well maintained such as keeping the air filter clean and regularly changing the oil.
Lighten the load.
Each extra 100 pounds can decrease the gas mileage by 2%. Don’t leave the golf clubs in the trunk unless you are planning on using them.
Don’t unnecessary idle the vehicle.
A non-moving vehicle gets 0 miles to the gallon and starting a vehicle uses no more gas than one sitting idle for less than 10 seconds. The best way to warm up a vehicle is by driving it. You don’t need to have it idling to warm up, even in cold weather.