Filling up your tank can cost you a bundle these days. Gasbuddy.com had an article stating that Americans spent $2.2 billion more in the summer in 2013 than they did in 2011. How is that happening when the price of barrels of oil are going down?
The only thing we can do is cut down on driving and follow as many fuel saving tips as we can.
1.) Keep your tires properly inflated. Tires that aren’t properly inflated can effect our mileage by 3.3%
2.) If your gas cap is cracked or lose, replace it. Car Care Council states that 147 million gallons of fuel evaporate each year because of the caps! Can you imagine?
3.) Drive sensibility. If you drive like a maniac you will waste gas. That’s a fact. Speeding, changing lanes, braking hard,etc. will end up costing you as much as 33% in lowered mileage. Put on some calm music, get in one lane, set your cruise control and chill. It can save you anywhere from $0.10-$0.33 cents per gallon and you will arrive to your destination in a much better mood.
4.) This is for our cold weather friends but avoid idling. Every 15 minutes you let the engine run to warm it up, you burn about a quart of fuel. If you do that just five times a week before work, you will waste 1.25 gallons of fuel and cost you $4.50.That’s about $18 a month! That could be a pizza dinner for your family!
5.) Before you head out to buy gas, check with Gasbuddy.com to see where you can get the best deal on gas. They have a free app you can get for your phone. The gas prices are actually submitted by more than 23 million drivers who submit what they most recently paid for gas.
6.) Experts suggest we avoid getting gas on Friday through Sunday. Prices are higher during those times. They suggest we buy gas Wednesday or Thursday before 10 am to get the best deals.
7.) Download a free app from Sigalert.com to get live traffic reports to your smart phone. You will be able to avoid traffic jams and accidents. Idling costs you money so bypass them whenever you can.
8.) Change your air filter. If can save you 10% in fuel costs. So if you drive 10,000 miles, you will save $1,000 in fuel costs.
9.) Take advantage of Fuel Perks at your local grocery store. Google Fuel Perks and see what stores around you offer the Fuel Perks program. They offer between $0.5-$0.10 per gallon for 20 gallons for every $50 you spend in their store. Don’t want to give up your store? That’s fine, the Fuel Perks are also for purchasing gift cards. So I go into Winn Dixie and buy a $100 gift card for Home Depot or Lowe’s or Amazon,etc. and I earn about .20 in fuel perks X 20 gallons which would equal $4.00 in savings at the pump. I buy gift cards for everything I am going to spend and for all gifts. Also, they have specials at times that you will earn double fuel perks and they can really add up fast. They do expire so make sure you use them up within 30 mdays.
10.) Remove extra weight from your vehicle. I have removed all the extra seats in my van when they are not in use. Don’t haul around things that you are not using. It just will give you lower mileage.