Summer has arrived and once again fuel prices have increased and appear to continue to increase. The price of oil keeps going up due to political instability in the Middle East and threats of embargos. The affects of last year’s major hurricanes showed us how oil supplies being disrupted takes its toll on fuel prices. And there isn’t anything that the average person can do to alter these things.
But we can take some steps in lowering our fuel bill:
1. Keep your vehicle windows up. The friction that is the result of keeping windows open uses more gas than air-conditioning but by the same token use air-conditioning sparingly as this drags down the engine and therefore will have a negative effect on the gas mileage.
2. Don’t ride on another vehicle’s tail. Jackrabbits starts and stops will affect the fuel economy on your vehicle. Remember smooth acceleration and braking is better for fuel consumption and for your vehicle.
3. Be sure to keep your vehicle well tuned and running correctly. A vehicle in poor condition will burn more fuel. This also includes the tires. Make sure that they are inflated to the correct pressure at all times. Remember that over inflated tires will hurt your gas mileage just as much as under inflated tires.
4. Keep the minimal of ‘stuff’ in your vehicle. It is so easy to leave items in the vehicle that really do not need to be there. This is going to hurt your mileage. Keep your vehicle light so regularly clear it out and only have in there what you need.
5. Don’t sit and let your car idle. If you are stuck in a traffic jam switch the engine off and wait until the traffic begins to move again and never leave the vehicle running whilst you run into the grocery store. This is really going to waste gas.
6. When filling the vehicle up with gas use the regular unleaded. Choosing the high priced gas is just a waste of money but if you are unsure then take a peek at the owner’s manual.
7. If you commute to work consider getting together with other commuters and share lifts. This saves on gas and also the wear and tear of the vehicle. Same thing if you are running the children back to school consider getting involved with a school car pool.
8.Should you need to go somewhere that isn’t too far from home consider walking or taking a bicycle ride. Not only will this save money on gas it will also aid your fitness level.
Listed above are just a few ways to help stretch the fuel budget but I am sure with a bit of imagination you could come up with many more.