Saving money on gas is something everyone can get behind as inflation rates skyrocket. Not only do you save wads of cash, but you also don’t have to freeze your butt off pumping gas in the middle of winter. Here are some ways you can have your car and drive it too while saving gas (and your butt).
1. Tire Pressure: Improperly inflated tires result in an extra 2 billion gallons of gas being used by American drivers every year. The rolling resistance added by improperly inflated tires adds resistance and you end up using more fuel. Poorly inflated tires add as much as 3 to 5 cents per gallon and put a strain on your car.
2. Get a tune-up: When your car is running optimally, you can rest assured it’s using less fuel and producing less pollution. It really does make a difference! When your car is running right, you can save 4 percent on the cost of gas. You can save up to 40 percent by replacing a faulty oxygen sensor. Just changing that dirty air filter will get your baby running 10% more efficiently.
3. Put a cap on it: 147 million gallons of gas vaporize every year from faulty gas caps that don’t close properly. Check the seal on yours regularly and avoid topping off your car.
4. No junk in the trunk: If the inside of your car looks a lot like a teen’s wreck room, it’s time for a cleanup. Lightening your load will help you save fuel.
5. Drive Miss Daisy: The biggest factor in saving fuel and greening your commute is you. Driving slowly and calmly uses less fuel (of course you know this already!) Avoid stopping and starting and opt for a slower, more fluid style of driving. Always imagine you have Miss Daisy in the back seat or a bucket full of beer if you prefer. Try to reach your destination without breaking the old lady or spilling the beer!
6. Two’s company: If you’re commuting, going on holiday or going shopping, phone a friend to join you. Try not to leave home unless you have more than one errand. Combining tasks will save time, fuel and money.