Fuel Saving Tips to beat the Gas Crunch Part 4 of 4

Hello and welcome back for the final blog in our 4-Part series entitled Fuel Tips on how to Beat the Gas Crunch. In the first 3 blogs that we have presented there were a slew of excellent tips that, by now, should already have started helping you to cut down on fuel use and spend less money on gasoline. Today’s final blog is more of the same so, if you’re ready for the last of our excellent gas saving tips, we’re ready to give them to you. Enjoy.

Stay in tune. This might be one of the most vital tips that we’re going to give you. Keeping your car tuned up and running in top condition is one of the best ways to use less gas and thus save money on gasoline. Regular oil changes are a good start as well as having all of the major systems checked at the same time. Between tune-ups at your local garage you should also check fluid levels and anything else that you can easily take a look at yourself. Frankly, most of today’s new cars don’t have very much so your regular tune-ups are going to be even more important.

Oil me up. There are many types of oil that you can use in your car but the most recommendable is synthetic engine oil as long as it fits with your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations. Synthetic oils will lower your engines turning resistance, helping it to handle higher temperatures without breaking down and increase your mileage by up to 10%. Follow your car’s manufacturer recommended specifications or the recommendations of your trusted mechanic and you should be fine.

Wax on, wax off. While this may only save you a miniscule amount of gas, keeping your car nicely waxed will cut down on wind resistance and thus fuel usage. With today’s prices being so high anything that you can do to decrease the damage that gasoline will do to your wallet is a good idea.

Perfect timing. Today many traffic lights have pedestrian countdown clocks that let people on foot no how long it will be until the light changes. Smart drivers can also use these countdown clocks to gauge whether or not they will make it through the upcoming traffic light and thus either start coasting or stay at speed and make it through.

Slow food. If you frequently go to the drive-in at your favorite fast food restaurant only to find that there are several people in line you’d do better to park the car and go in to order your food. This may take you a few extra minutes but, depending on how often you go, could actually save you quite a bit of fuel. In many cases you may actually get your food and get back out into traffic faster than if you would have waited on line, idling and wasting your time and gas.

Cruising and losing. How often have we seen someone aimlessly driving around a parking lot looking for a space that was ‘closer’ to the entrance of the store that they were keen on visiting. Not only does this waste time it wastes gas. Better to find a spot quickly and park right away, even if you have to walk a little extra. Besides, the walk will do you good. (Remember  to pull through so that you can pull out going forward rather than having to back out and use more gas.)

Take the long way home. We’ve already told you how combining short trips into one longer trip is a good idea. Even better is to go to the furthest destination on your list first because your car’s engine will then have the time to heat up to its maximum efficiency and operating temperature, saving you gas on the rest of the short trips you’ve combined together.

The deep end of the pool. Carpooling as a way to save gas is certainly not a new idea but it’s an idea that is very valuable indeed. Not only can you save a huge amount of gas but your car will also need less maintenance and so you’ll save money on that as well. Carpooling is also an excellent way to make fast friends with your neighbors and even get some work done while you’re on your way into work. (Or waste a little time on FaceBook if that floats your boat. Your call.)

Road relaxed.  If you are an overly aggressive driver, constantly accelerating rapidly and braking hard, you should know that you’re wasting tons of gas. How much gas? How about up to 33% on the highway and nearly 10% when you’re driving around town. Aggressive driving not only wastes gas but is dangerous and quite rude so, unless you like being rude, wasting gas and  putting your neighbors at risk, slow down a little and listen to some relaxing music instead while you’re driving.

Start saving. Today’s modern automobiles start extremely easily. What this means is that there is no need whatsoever to push down on the accelerator when you start your car. It’s not only unnecessary but it’s also quite hard on your engine and wastes a lot of fuel. A fuel injected engine can actually be started without touching the accelerator pedal whatsoever. Mashing down on the accelerator will wear your engine down prematurely and also shorten the life of your starter along with increasing your gas costs.

Follow me (but not too close). If you are the type of person that likes to tailgate you’re not only a bit rude (sorry but we call it like we see it) but also are wasting gas because you’re going to have to brake more often. You’d be better to leave a few car lengths between you and the car ahead of you so that, if you need to brake, you can instead just cruise and let your car’s inertia carry you until you can safely accelerate again.

We truly hope that this series of blogs has been helpful and that you’ve already started seeing some savings at the gas pump. Frankly, we don’t see gas prices dropping anytime soon so using as many of these tips as possible is going to make it a lot easier on your wallet. Until next time, drive safely, drive intelligently and make sure to drive your mouse back to our website soon because we’re always bringing you great tips on saving money, finances, investing and entrepreneurship. It’s all great stuff and we bring it to you because we care. See you soon.

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