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One of the challenges facing most of us today is keeping the cost of every day expenses in the ballpark. Unless you have a stadium-sized budget, you’re not going to keep the price of gasoline within the confines of what one would consider an affordable arena.
You’re not going to beat gas price increases but you can become a smarter gasoline shopper and user. If you know even a little bit about the gas business, you can save hundreds of dollars a year on the purchase of gasoline. Here are some tips:
Do you drive a lot of miles? Gas prices vary from city to city and from area to area. Since gas prices can vary as much as a quarter a gallon, you can save $500 to $800 a year by doing some savvy gas shopping.
Tradition says the better the neighborhood, the higher the prices. Shopping for gas on “the other side of the tracks” might save you money.
Never buy gas along an interstate or a freeway. Prices are almost always higher there.
Price wars for gasoline sales still exist. Watch for them. Check www.gasbuddy.com for the best prices where you live.
All that being said, never drive all over town to save two cents on a gallon of gas. Most tanks are about 12 gallons. You’ve only saved 24 cents and wasted how much money getting to that lower price?
There is More to Saving Money on Gas than just Purchase Price
Keep your vehicle tuned. Use the recommended motor oil, replace dirty air filters and keep your tires—including the spare—inflated to the proper pressure.
Experts say moderate driving can save you 30% in gasoline use. Don’t floor it at stop signs and green lights, never slam on the gas at the last minute and keep acceleration level. Save up to 14% on longer trips by reducing speed.
Do the speed limit. On a highway, 55 mph gets you 21% better mileage than traveling 65 or 70.
Extra pounds on the roof, on the seats, and in the trunk make your vehicle work harder and eat up the gas.
Do you really need to drive? Walking or bicycling is good for the waist line and the wallet.
Avoid rush hour traffic whenever possible.
Most vehicles are very efficient when it comes to wind resistance up to 40 mph. After that, wind becomes a drag.
Even on cold mornings, don’t let your vehicle sit there and idle. A 30-45 second warm-up is enough.
Don’t rev your vehicle. Use the accelerator for its intended use—accelerating.
Open windows at higher speeds causes drag and drops your miles per gallon average by 10%.
Plan for hills. Speed up before, not on the hill.
Next time you buy a vehicle, think about a hybrid or, at the very least, a more efficient vehicle.
Nothing Beats Planning
Know where you’re going before you start your trip. Pick the shortest route. If you’re in doubt, MapQuest it or use your vehicle’s GPS system.
Eliminate compulsive driving. Plan your errands. Cram two days worth of errands into one and make more detailed shopping lists.
Shop online and have goods delivered to you.
Consider carpooling or public transportation.