How to Drastically Reduce Fuel Costs

With gas prices being what they are and the economy in such a downturn one of the main things folks are seeking is ways in which to save on their fuel costs.  While there is not much anyone can do about the cost of gas there are a number of ways in which people can drastically reduce the amount of money they are paying for their fuel.  We will be discussing a number of them in this article.

This first one is pretty much a no-brainer but nonetheless has to be said.  You must be vigilant in the maintenance of your automobile.  We know that sounds like common sense, but unfortunately a good deal of people never do the simple things that will drastically improve the mileage their car is capable of achieving.  And two of them are drop dead easy to do.

First is to make sure your tires are properly inflated.  Studies have shown that over 60 percent of the cars on the road are riding on underinflated tires.  A simple tire gauge that you can purchase for under 10 dollars along with a bi-weekly check of your tires should take care of that.  One tip though; always check your tires when the car has stopped moving for at least three hours.  Otherwise you will end up with an inaccurate reading.

Next up is your oil changes.  Cars need to have their oil changed anywhere from every 3000 to 7500 miles, depending on your make and model.  A simple check of your Owner’s Manual will tell you the guidelines for your particular vehicle.  And in the event you don’t have the manual, no worry; the vehicle maker’s website will provide you with that information.

Other ways to conserve fuel involve your driving habits.  We know it’s not always possible but if you can keep sudden starts and stops to a minimum you will save gas.  And never rev up your engine; this is a real fuel eater.  When you’re on the freeway try avoid going over the posted speed limit even though everyone else seems to be doing it. 

Also, plan your daily routine so that you will be able to do everything you need done in the shortest time and distance possible.  If you can connect the driving dots so you are getting from here to there and back in a smooth sequence, you will find that you are saving a whole lot of money on gas.  Follow the tips listed in this article and you will be amazed at how much less you are spending on fuel.

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