How to Save on Gas
There are many different ways to save money on gas. Some are more logical than others, such as asking your co-workers to car pool. After all, if your car is sitting at home in the driveway one or two days a week, while someone else is getting you where you have to go, well this can really add up to savings over the course of a few months or a year.
Speaking of work, there are other options besides car pooling. One suggestion is to take a bus, or if you live in a big city, perhaps the subway. If you decide to drive to work, always make sure you are taking the shortest and most direct route. If you are not sure of the quickest way consider looking it up online or use Yahoo maps, etc.
Taking care of your vehicle will also help matters. First, check your tires to make sure they are properly inflated to the correct pressure. If your tires are soft they will slow down your vehicle and will cause you to burn more gas the faster you try to go. You can fill your tires with air at most gas stations. Another problem that could slow down your vehicle is if you are driving around with excess weight. Consider checking your trunk or back seat to see if any objects can be removed that you don’t need on a regular basis.
Another big gas burner is excessive idling. Traffic, though, is of course the number one burner of gas. I know the thought of just getting home after work is very tempting, however, sometimes pulling over to the side of the road to stop at a book store to read a magazine or newspaper while all the traffic creeps by is worth it. Think of the advantages! First of all, you won’t be sitting in traffic and burning gas. Secondly, by the time you get back on the road the traffic will have thinned out and you’ll get home with a smooth ride. Third, not only will you be able to read interesting facts or keep up to date on celebrity gossip, news or sports stories, but chances are this down time will relax you before getting home and having to deal with family obligations. Let’s face it, in this busy world of ours, who wouldn’t want an hour or two a week of peace!
It’s also the little things we do on a normal basis that we don’t think about. For example, how many times do we pull into our parking space or driveway, and all of a sudden our favorite song comes on the radio. We are now faced with a decision to make listen to the song (and keep the car idling burning gas) or turn the car off. Often, we circle the parking lot looking for the one coveted spot closest to the door. By the time we’ve driven around, not only have we burned gas unnecessarily, but we could have been well into the shopping trip had we just parked in one of the first spots we found.
The possibilities to saving gas are many. But above all things, remember the number one rule: Drive the speed limit. Not only is it the law, but it can help you save on gas because the faster you go the more gas you will burn. Look to use your car’s cruise control to help cruise your bank account to new heights!
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