How to Save Money and Get Better Gas Mileage

As gas prices climb higher and higher, it gets harder to keep a positive outlook on driving. But being a car-driving nation, we have to put up with the prices. That doesn’t mean you can’t save a good amount of money while doing that, though. Here are some tips and tricks for increasing your car’s mileage and making sure you get the most out of your car for the least out of your wallet:

 

Drive at a reasonable speed

About 5 miles per hour over 60 mph you go, you are paying approximately 24 more cents per gallon for gas (according to fueleconomy.gov)

How to Save Money and Get Better Gas Mileage

Use the air conditioner sparingly

Air conditioning gobbles up fuel economy like crazy – use the recirculation option or “maximum” setting if you have to, though. Your car will have to cool less hot outside air that way.

How to Save Money and Get Better Gas Mileage

Remove excess items in your car to lighten up the weight

The more weight your car carries, the worse its mileage will be. Lots of little things add up to a lot of weight!

How to Save Money and Get Better Gas Mileage

Replace your spark plugs and air filters as soon as they start to wear out

These can cause drastically better mileage if kept fresh and in good condition

How to Save Money and Get Better Gas Mileage

Keep your tires inflated and aligned

Refer to the owner’s manual for your car or the data plate on the door jamb for proper tire pressure.

If you follow these simple steps, you should be able to increase your gas mileage and your savings. Nobody likes an empty wallet, so take care of your car!

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