How to Increase your Fuel Economy – Part 1 of 3

With gas prices rising to nearly $4.00 a gallon in most states many people are wondering what they can do to increase their car’s fuel economy and get more miles out of every gallon.  The good news is that there are plenty of ways to do it that are relatively easy to implement and can save up to 20%, which can go a long way to making those fill-ups less painful.

One of the best ways to get great fuel economy is to purchase a fuel efficient car. Of course if your current car is in excellent condition this might not be the way to go but if you’re in the market for a new car anyway it’s the best way to lower your gasoline bills.

Maintaining your car properly is at the top of this list because it’s vitally important if you want to lower gas consumption and keep the car for as long as possible.  Change the oil on time and get a tune up regularly.

Don’t purchase ‘gas saving’ additives. The Federal Trade Commission says that most are phony and a waste of money.  Even if you buy the few that do work the savings are minimal.

Underinflated tires can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 25%!  Check them every time you fill up and keep them aligned too. It’s easy and will save you a bundle.

Use an App like GasBuddy to find the best gas prices in your town.  They’re simple to use and can save you up to 10%. (Just don’t drive an extra 20 miles to save 2 cents.)

If you’re a member of a wholesale club like Costco buy your fuel from them and save up to 10 cents per gallon.  Membership has its privileges, right?  When you’re there buying a pallet full of breakfast cereal make sure to fill up the tank and save.

Avoid rush hour!  If you can arrange it try going in later or earlier to work to avoid the rush and stop wasting your precious fuel sitting still in traffic.

Those are a few of the easiest ways to save at the pump.  Make sure you come back for Part 2 and some more excellent Tips on increasing your fuel economy and saving money on gas.

 

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