As the price of gasoline is going crazy these days, it is reasonable to think more about how to save money on gas. I searched online and found many useful tips, combining them with my own experience, I want to organize and share them with you.
1. Reduce driving
Sounds like crap, but there are many things you can do to reduce driving without sacrificing anything important.
- Walk or ride a bike if your destination is only a few blocks away and you will not carry many things. It is also healthy, isn’t it?
- If your workplace is far away, try to find a shared trip,
- If you are traveling alone to another city, you may consider taking advantage of public transportation, such as the greyhound bus, the ticket price for one person could be much lower than the cost of gasoline.
2. Drive properly.
If you have to drive, there are also many tips that help you save gas while driving.
- Drive at the optimum speed whenever possible. The air resistance rises in relation to the square of the speed. The power consumed to overcome that air resistance increases as the speed cube. Typically, air resistance will dominate gas consumption for speeds greater than 40 mph. To avoid a dramatic increase in gas consumption due to air resistance, drive below 65 mph if you can. Theoretically, the optimum speed should be the lowest speed at the highest speed.
- Maintain a constant speed. Accelerate and decelerate consume extra gas. Try to anticipate the red lights and stop signs. If you see a red light ahead, release the gas throttle immediately, lightly press the brake if necessary and do everything possible to avoid stopping completely. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you to avoid sudden brakes. Always start slowly, try not to press the peddle for more than 1/4 of the total depth.
- Plan your trip in advance. If you have several destinations, try to organize them so that the total travel distance is shorter. If two of the destinations are close to each other, park your car somewhere and walk.
- Idle versus engine restart. When you need a brief stop, it is better to think about leaving the car idling or stopping the engine. When your car is idle, it has 0 mpg. When you restart the engine, it burns some additional gas. Usually, restarting the engine will consume an amount of gas equal to 30 seconds at one minute of idling. So, if you need to stop longer, choose to restart the engine.
- Do not use the transit service if it is not necessary. It takes 5 minutes or more in idle.
- Use A / C only periodically. When you feel cold enough, turn it off and on again when you start to feel hot.
- Close your window and roof when driving on the high road. Keeping them open will create additional air resistance.
3. Park your car the right way
You never heard that there is a science in parking your car? Now here you go …
- Park in the first place you find or as soon as possible. Trying to find a parking spot near the entrance of the mall has two results: consume extra fuel, I can’t find one and come back again. Do not be lazy to walk, it is good for your health.
- In summer, if you are going to park for a long time during the day, look for a shady place. The gas will evaporate from the tank at high temperature.
4. Maintain good maintenance
Always keep your car in good condition for high fuel efficiency.
- Give your car a fuel system setting. Suggest to change the car oil every 3000 miles or 3 months whichever is earlier. Get a better air filter. Get low resistance tires. It will cost some money to do this, but in the long run it will save money.
- Remove unnecessary items from your car: bike rack, ski rack … The lighter your car, the less fuel you will consume.
- Check the tire pressure at least twice a month and every time before a long trip. The low tire pressure can cost you up to 10% more gasoline. It is better to buy a good pressure gauge, those at the service stations are not accurate. With an accurate pressure gauge, you can always keep your tire pressure near maximum.
5. Fill your tank the right way
When to fill Where to fill What to fill? They are all science …
- Fill your tank at the coolest time of day. The gas condenses more at a low temperature and is only charged for the volume.
- Watch for the moment when gas prices change, and fill before that. Of course, this applies only to the moment when the price of gas rises all the time, as now. Usually, the best time to fill your tank is Wednesday morning.
- Do not fill until less than 1/4 of gas remains. Driving with less gas in the tank gives you more gas mileage, because the car is lighter. Of course, you must decide if you run the risk of running out of gas.
- Always fill your tank to the top. Now that you are at the service station, why not buy more? You have to come again when you run out of gas, and the trip costs more gas. But do not fill beyond the limit, additional gas will be wasted.
- Compare prices before filling. You can do it on mapquest or gaspricewatch.com.
- When traveling, do not fill up at the service station just off the highway, as it costs more due to high demand.
- Keep a record of your gas usage. Know which brands and what types of gasoline give you the highest fuel efficiency, and compare their prices.
- If you have a credit card that gives you cash back when you buy gas, use it. But if you always have a balance on your credit cards, you should also consider APRs. Some service stations offer good membership cards, check them out.