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Filling up your gas tank isn’t fun because it often feels like you’re draining your bank account. You have to keep your tank full, though, so you can get to work, school, or other paces you have to drive to everyday. Not to mention, gas prices are always on the rise. You might be paying less than $2 a gallon one week, and almost $3 a gallon the next.
Finding the cheapest gas prices can help your bank account, but it’s not the only thing you can do to save money on fuel. You also have to maintain smart driving habits. AAA says the average household spends around $1,500 a year on gas. Here’s how you can lower that number, and also help reduce harmful fuel emissions.
1. Use smartphone apps to find the cheapest gas prices near you. Why buy gas at one station when it’s cheaper at another right down the street from you? Apps allow users to update gas prices when they change, so you’ll know the most current prices.
2. If you’re heading on a long drive, find the cheapest gas stations along your route, so you’re not stuck paying high prices at the most expensive stations just because they are close by. Also, avoid stations right off the highway, because those are usually the most expensive.
3. Don’t fill up with premium. High-octane gas isn’t always beneficial, so you’re just spending more money on it for no reason. Use regular grade, unless your car requires premium.
4. Don’t wait until your low fuel light comes on to fill up your tank. If you always wait until your tank is almost empty, then it’s constantly exposed to air, which can cause the pump to suck in air and generate heat. That can significantly reduce the working life of your fuel pump. Letting your tank run low can also leave room for sediment to build up, which can be absorbed by your fuel filter and clog it up.
5. Join one or more fuel rewards programs. A lot of gas stations and grocery stores offer fuel rewards programs. They typically allow you to spend 10 cents or more per gallon.
6. Pay with cash, not card. Many gas stations offer lower prices when you pay with cash.
7. Carpool whenever possible. If you drive your co-workers or classmates to work or school, or they drive you, you can split the cost of gas. This also helps the environment because you produce fewer fuel emissions.
8. Plan quick and efficient drives. Make sure your trip to work or the grocery store is as short as possible. You can also run errands after work or get the all done in one day, rather than making multiple trips.
9. Don’t leave your car running for longer than you have to. Letting your car idle wastes gas and causes more air pollution.
10. Gradually speed up and slow down, and coast more. The faster you accelerate, the more gas you typically use. You also generally use more when you brake hard, rather than slowing down sooner and letting your car glide to a stop. If you coast, too, you save more gas.
11. Don’t use your heater or air conditioner unless you have to. Blasting the heart or the A/C can lower your fuel economy.
12. Don’t speed. If you drive fast, you face more wind resistance, which lowers your fuel economy. Drive the speed limit, or just under it.
13. Tun your engine regularly. If it’s properly tuned, it uses less gas.
14. Check your tire pressure regularly. When your tires are under-inflated, you have lower fuel economy. You can usually find the proper tire pressure for you car in your owner’s manual, on a sticker on your driver’s side door jamb, or in your glove box.
15. Make sure your gas cap is always screwed on properly. If your seal is bad or your cap is missing, gas can evaporate from your tank. This pollutes the air, and forces you to fill up your tank more frequently. Always replace your gas cap if the seal is damaged.
16. Pack your car as lightly as possible. If there aren’t a lot of items weighing down your car, you will get better gas mileage.
17. Remove any racks, like for bikes or skis, when you aren’t using them. Racks add weight to your car and create more wind resistance, which can lower your gas mileage.
18. Make sure you put the right motor oil in your car. The U.S. Department of Energy says using the wrong grade can cost you up to five cents per gallon. Use the grade of oil that’s recommended by your car manufacturer.
19. Track your fuel economy. Doing so will help you find out where and how you’re driving most efficiently.
20. Drive a fuel-efficient car. Cars with higher MPG ratings and hybrid and electric vehicles have better fuel economy.
If you follow these steps and maintain good driving habits, you’ll save more money on gas overtime. Then, you’ll have more money in your pocket to take a trip with your family, or buy that new car you’ve been eyeing.
Honda Cars For Sale in St. Paul, MN
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