According to AAA, the average gallon of unleaded gasoline in the United States currently costs $3.76. This price varies between states, but has been increasing steadily in the past months. There are numerous ways to save money at the pump. Some people choose to purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle, telecommute to work, drive less, or take public transportation; methods which which can save us a great deal of money. But there are other strategies that can save us considerable money on fuel as the price continues to increase during the spring and summer driving seasons.
Here are the 10 easiest ways to save money on gas (without making major lifestyle changes):
- Change your oil and address critical maintenance issues. Make sure to use the correct grade of motor oil and replace the air filter.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Underinflated tires can significantly reduce mileage.
- Reduce your vehicle's weight. Specifically, don't drive around with excess gear, golf clubs, or tools in the trunk. This can have a very negative effect on mileage.
- Turn off your air conditioner, headlights, and other accessories(unless required for safety).
- Accelerate and decelerate as gently as possible. Excessive braking and acceleration use a great deal of gasoline.
- Drive the speed limit. Driving fast increases drag and engine RPMs, resulting in lower gas mileage.
- Buy cheaper gas. Some gas stations are notoriously cheaper than others. Try http://www.gasbuddy.com/ for a summary of local gas prices.
- Carpool. Sharing costs and splitting the driving duties can significantly reduce your out of pocket expenses.
- Combine trips. Thinking ahead and combining errands and other trips can result in considerable savings. Never run just one errand, and map out your tasks in advance.
- Make some major changes. Gas prices have nowhere to go but up in the long term. Consider making some changes. Perhaps its time to invest in a smaller car, a hybrid, or even an electric vehicle.
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