As politicians bicker back and forth about the rising cost of gas prices, those of us here in the trenches are stuck paying exuberant amounts just to simply get around town. If you’re looking for something YOU can do about the ridiculous gas prices, I would recommend contacting your Senator and Congressman. Even more importantly I would recommend voting in the next election, and actually researching the candidates before doing so.
But that does northing to help ease the burden of the gas tank today. With the national average cost per gallon hitting a whopping $3.81 a gallon (umm, $4.41 where I live) I thought I’d offer few tips for saving gas today.
- Combine Trips – Over the course of time you’d be surprised how much gas you can save by planning ahead. At the beginning of the week write down all the errands and trips you’re planning on making throughout the week and do your best to combine them all into as few trips as possible (this can also help you conserve time as well, but that’s another post).
- Take Care of Your Car – Most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type of driving you do. Stick as close to this as possible. Taking care of your tires will l help as well. Every manufacturer will recommend different requirements for how often you should rotate your tires, but typically it is between 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Also check your tire pressure often (especially in extreme weather conditions).
- Use Your grocery Card – Grocery stores like Safeway and Costco sell gas, and they sell it cheap to members. You can earn serious discounts with your Safeway card when you grocery shop as well.
- Walk – Now this is not necessarily an option for everyone obviously, but if you live in an area where you can walk (or ride your bike) to school or work do so! And do it as often as possible. This not only eases the burden on your wallet, but it’s great for the environment and will keep you healthy!
- Brake Correctly – By driving at a safe speed that allows you to brake slowly (and as little as possible) such as staying far enough away from the car in front of you in traffic so you keep moving instead of breaking constantly, can get 10 to 20 percent better mileage.
- Cut Down on the A/C & The Window – The A/C is a known gas-guzzler. But having the window down can also cause resistance at high speeds. So a good rule of them when the weather allows? Roll down your windows for in town driving and use the A/C for freeway driving. Park in the shade on hot days to help keep the car cool. Though this one will be hard once the summer comes…
- There’s An App for That – There are tons of apps on iTunes that will use your phone GPS to help you find the cheapest gas near you. Find one you like and use it!
- Empty Your Car – Your spare tire and jack are necessities, but your golf clubs aren’t. Try to keep the trunk as empty as you can to lighten the load AND resistance.
What are some of the ways YOU save on gas?