Whether gas prices are at an all-time low or soaring through the roof, drivers are always looking for ways to save money at the pump. We’ve put together some basic tips for better fuel economy, making road trips easier on both your wallet and the environment.
Ease up on the road rage
Driving habits go a long way when it comes to efficiency. According to the EPA, aggressive driving habits such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and slamming on the brakes can lower your gas mileage by up to 33% at highway speeds.
Taking your time and relaxing while driving will save you money in the long run.
Lose some weight
You can also save money by removing dead weight. Cleaning out your car can increase fuel economy 1% per 100 lbs.
Obviously you should keep what you need for an emergency, but you should always tidy up your car. Also, avoid towing when possible, and never idle excessively. Remember, when your car is idling, you’re getting 0 mpg.
Don't skip scheduled maintenance!
Maintenance goes a long way. Keeping your engine tuned, getting regular oil changes, and keeping tires properly inflated all help reduce unnecessary friction (both under the hood and on the road).
Also, cars generally get better fuel economy when there is a proper air/fuel mixture, so changing your air filter and maintaining your O2 sensor, fuel dispersal system, and spark plugs all help.
Finally, logistics is one of the best ways to save on gas. Plan your trips ahead, especially if you know you’ll have to make multiple journeys.
Stagger your time on the road to avoid gridlock by leaving an hour earlier or later than peak hours. Last but not least, carpool if possible. Sharing rides means fewer cars on the road and less money spent on fuel.