Save at the pump AND help the environment – what’s not to love?
Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, filling up your gas tank may mean emptying your wallet. By incorporating several fuel-efficient strategies into your daily life, you’ll not only reduce your gas consumption, but your carbon emissions as well. Here are 10 tactics that will help you get the most out of every tank of fuel.
- Practice routine maintenance - Regular tune-ups and oil changes keep your engine running efficiently, translating to better gas mileage.
- Inflate your tires - Keep your tires properly inflated; under-inflated tires lower gas mileage significantly.
- Use cruise control - Driving at inconsistent speeds, especially on the highway, can lower your gas mileage up to 30 percent. Utilize your cruise control for increased fuel efficiency.
- Turn off your car - Avoid idling; it wastes gas while getting you nowhere.
- Drive slower - Speeding above 60 mph is inefficient, so follow the speed limit to increase your fuel efficiency.
- Lose the excess weight - Carrying around heavy objects in your vehicle lowers your gas mileage, especially in smaller cars.
- Shop around for the lowest price - Oftentimes, you will find gas stations offering different prices only miles apart. If you have the time, search the area for the cheapest fuel.
- Drive less - Whether you carpool, ride your bike or use public transportation, you’ll be using your car less while saving more on fuel.
- Turn off the A/C - If practical, turn off or limit your use of your air conditioning. It will increase your vehicle’s gas mileage.
- Purchase a fuel-efficient car - If it’s time to buy a new vehicle, consider a fuel-efficient or hybrid model; many come with a tax incentive, saving you even more money.