A Dozen Ways to Save at the Pump
First, nothing will save you more money at the station than a fuel-efficient car. Large, heavy vehicles can burn up to three times as much fuel as small cars – and as gas prices rise, your wallet will groan with every extra pound.
If it’s time for a trade in, seriously consider purchasing a car that was built to get good gas mileage. There may even be tempting tax breaks for investing in the latest technology. The following 11 additional tips will speed up your savings even further!
- Keep your tires filled with the right amount of air
- Remove unused bike and luggage racks to make your car aerodynamic
- Keep the windows closed when traveling at high speeds
- Work earlier or later to avoid traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic
- Turn the car off rather than idle (when appropriate)
- Drive the speed limit
- Use cruise control on the open road, when safe
- Buy gas with the lowest octane rating (check the owner’s manual)
- Combine errands into one trip when it makes sense
- Use websites and apps that list gas stations with the lowest prices
- Don’t drive far out of your way to save a few pennies at another gas station