Gas prices are soaring! Elevated travel expenses have become the result. If you travel by car, you have some control over the costs.
Here are several ways you can save money on gas.
Choose synthetic motor oil instead. Not only does this reduce engine friction, it make also make your car a little less ravenous at the gas station.
You need to use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil. When it comes to manufacturer specs, they are based on what is best for your vehicle.
When you buy gas, make sure it has the recommended octane rating. Premium can actually be detrimental to many engines.
You should fill up on gas during the coolest times of day. You get more gas in each gallon because liquids expand in the heat.
After you fill up, make sure that the gas cap is tight. Gas can easily evaporate. You can lose an appreciable amount through an improperly seated cap.
Check your tires before your holiday and inflate them to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Underinflated tires create drag and increase gas consumption. Driving on bald tires is what you should never do. They increase fuel consumption and they are also unsafe.
Don’t leave your engine idling for long periods of time. Pre-warming is included in this. One minute is all you need. Start off slowly, then use normal speeds after a couple of minutes.
You should also avoid continually starting and stopping your engine. Each start burns about the same amount of gas as one minute of idle time. Instead, drive in a way that will entail minimal use of the brakes.
Driving the speed limit on highways is what you can do. Speeding devours gas. Your cruise control should be activated whenever possible.
Stop lights in cities are usually set to synchronize with the posted speed limit. Drive the speed limit and you are more likely to hit a long series of green lights. Stopping at red lights increases idle time and gas consumption.
You should only pack what you need. You will use more gas if you are carrying more weight.
Decrease wind resistance. If a car is caked with snow, ice, or mud, it will drag and burn more gas than a vehicle that is sleek and clean.
Don’t use the air conditioner unless necessary.
Pamper your vehicle by ensuring that it goes in for regular tune-ups and maintenance. Slight adjustments can mean dramatic fuel savings.
To find out where the cheapest gas stations are, do your research before you leave. Use common sense: driving too far out of your way will gobble up more gas than you save.
If you own a gas guzzler, try trading with a relative or neighbor for a smaller vehicle while you vacation. Make sure that insurance policies on both vehicles are in order first.
Try using your feet. Whenever possible, walk once you get to your destination. Walking is how you really get to know an area.
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