Although gasoline prices have remained somewhat consistent in the recent years, the overall cost at the end of year can often be much higher than one would think. Preserving fuel can save hundreds of dollars throughout the course of the year. Being conscious of your fuel consumption is the first step to saving money on your yearly gasoline bill. Just about everyone can benefit from monitoring their gasoline consumption and being proactive about saving precious fuel, so pay attention to the following 5 tips and see how much you can save!
Observe the Speed Limit
Not only is observing the speed limit safer, but did you know it could save you on gas too? Every vehicle is a little different, but your fuel economy will usually decrease significantly when you reach speeds of over 50 mph. Every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an extra $0.16 per gallon of gas! That may not seem like a whole lot but it adds up quickly!
Keep Tires Properly Inflated
By keeping your tires properly inflated you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3%! For every 1 psi below recommended pressure your gas mileage can decrease by 0.2%. To find your proper tire pressure for your vehicle, look for a sticker in the door jamb on the drivers side or in the owner’s manual for your car! Your tires will have a max PSI rating as well, which can be used as a guide to correctly inflating your tires.
Avoid Left Turns
As silly as it may sound, UPS found that by eliminating left turns on their delivery routes, they were able to save 98 million minutes of idle time per year! Sitting in the left turn lane waiting for an opportunity to turn takes more time (and gas) than turning right.
Choose a song before you start your car
This one might sound crazy too, but you may be surprised how much time you spend choosing a song to play before you actually start driving. Of course we always recommend being safe and doing anything that may distract you (like choosing a song) before you put your car into gear, but being conscious of how long your car is idling can save a lot of money at the end of the year in wasted fuel. Whenever possible, wait to start your vehicle until you are ready to start driving to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption.
Fill up your tank early in the morning or late at night
Gas stations tend to raise their prices during the day (particularly during the rush hours) so the best time of day to fill up is early in the morning or late at night. There is no definitive day of the week that gas is cheapest but a recent study done by GasBuddy says that you’ll find better deals late in the week or even on the weekend (unless it is a holiday weekend).
Have your vehicles fuel system inspected by an Automotive Repair Expert
Your vehicles intake system, air cleaner, ignition system, exhaust system, etc. can often be a huge factor in the gas mileage your vehicle gets. As you put miles on your car, these parts can begin to not function as well as they did, intake systems can get clogged with debris, etc. and can end up robbing precious fuel mileage. Having these systems inspected regularly by your trusted automotive service center can save end up saving you hundreds at the end of the year.