Gas prices have been outrageous in the recent past. Luckily, I have seen they have been dropping a bit but with the upcoming holidays I will not be surprised if they go through the roof again.
Here are some helpful tips that can save you gas and money.
Do not accelerate and brake hard – I tell my boyfriend this every time he drives my car. He thinks I’m full of it but anytime you slam on your brakes or floor it you can literally watch your gas tank drop. Go ahead, try it. When you come to a stop or accelerating slowly, fuel economy can actually increase by as much as 20%.
Don’t use your A/C unless you have to – Okay, in the summer time there is NO WAY I’m not using my A/C but on nice cool days it can actually save you some gas by not using it. Using the A/C puts an extra load on the motor causing it to have to use more fuel. On most vehicles, even the defroster you use on cold mornings when you go out to start your car, yea, that uses more gas too.
Keep your windows closed – No A/C AND your windows closed? (It’s getting a little claustrophobic in here.) Keeping your windows open, especially on the highway, will cause more drag and use up to 10% more gas than if you had them shut.
Don’t sit and idle – I was always told that turning off then starting your car used more gas than keeping on. Not true. If you are going to idle for more than one minute you should actually turn off your car.
Use cruise control – I never hit the highway without using my cruise. If you are going to be traveling a long distance, it’s best to use it to maintain a constant speed. Speeding up and slowing down will use up more of your gas.
Keep your car in good shape –I think it’s been a few years since my car has had one of these…but having a frequent “tune up” on your car and making sure the tires, filters, spark plugs, fluid levels etc. are all in good shape will save you on gas in the long run. If the car is not running at tip top shape then it is using extra fuel to make up for the lack.
I think I will try to start using these gas saving tips from now on. They might not make a HUGE difference but every little bit helps, right?
Written by: Cheri Shue, Guest Blogger