Are the high gasoline prices depleting your bank account? There are a few things you can do to spend less money on gasoline. Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you hit the road.
- Carpool. Set up a carpool system with a few co-workers at work. The driver who goes and picks a few of you up can be paid for their gas expenses by the ones who get a ride.
- Don’t drive. Take the subway, the bus, the train, use a bicycle or walk whenever possible. It’s healthier for you and for our planet.
- Speed. Don’t quickly accelerate or decelerate your vehicle. Drive at a steady rate. Cars also waste much more gasoline when going over 70 miles per hour.
- Air conditioning. Don’t use it if you don’t need to. Avoid using the AC in stop and go traffic, but it can be used on the freeway with the windows closed.
- Tires. Keep the tires inflated at the right psi to help your fuel efficiency.
- Maintenance. Get an oil change regularly and keep your car in fine working condition.
- Weight. If you have an SUV with an extra row of removable seats that you don’t need, remove them. Don’t keep heavy items in the trunk if you don’t need to either.
- Gasoline. Some studies have proven that the benefit of using premium gasoline vs regular gasoline is not that much. If you don’t have a very expensive car, consider using the cheapest gas option.