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)
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.
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!
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
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!