1. Be sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Your owner’s manual will tell you how much air you should have in each tire.
2. If you get a discount for using a store card, use it. If you get a discount for a credit card, use it only if you plan to pay off the balance when it’s due. Your savings on gasoline might be lost if you have to pay interest.
3. Keep your highway speed to around 55mph. Faster speeds can consume more gasoline.
4. Don’t accelerate up and down while driving. Try to keep a constant pressure on the gas pedal. (my note- this includes hills!)
5. Plan your trips. If you have to drive very far to the market, make sure you purchase everything you might need for several days.
6. Have your automobile checked by a reputable mechanic to be sure it is tuned up and running it’s best.
7. When possible, walk instead of driving. It’s healthier and will save gasoline. (my note- or ride a bicycle.)
8. Carpool whenever possible.
9. Keep your car clean and waxed. Dirt and grime can cause a small decrease in gas mileage. (my note- also try not to haul around things in your trunk or back seat that you don’t need in there. I’m as guilty of this as anyone, but the added weight uses more gasoline.)
10. Watch for things that can obstruct the air flow on your automobile. Things such as the car top carriers can reduce gas mileage.
11. Use cruise control if you car is equipped with it.
12. Let the kids ride the school bus instead of driving them to and from school.
13. Never let your car run while you dash into the store, post office, etc.
14. Use your air conditioner instead of opening the windows while driving at high speeds.
It’s hard enough to save money for retirement without having to spend unnecessarily on the necessities of life. Almost everyone has a car and relies on gasoline or some type of fuel so it makes sense to try to economize whenever possible. We should really try to save on fuel even if it weren’t so expensive.
Wondering what prices are at some of the stations across the country? fueleconomy.gov is a handy web site that will answer your questions.
This was originally posted at About.com.
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