It seems like gas prices are on a perpetual rollercoaster ride and at times like these we need all the help we can get at saving some money at the gas pump. I’ve compiled 4 very easy ways to cut down on how much gas you are burning through every day.
When you accelerate you the burn lots of gas. Starting to move from a stopped position is the single greatest power drain for your engine. When that light turns green don’t floor it! Instead try to accelerate at nice even steady pace. In fact the ideal situation would be to use the power of momentum on your side, when that light turns green let go of the gas. Let the car start to roll a little and begin a steady even acceleration. When you start from a moving position it creates much less strain on the engine.
On the same thought as the gas pedal use your brakes wisely and judiciously. Whenever possible try to keep momentum while you’re driving, this works great while driving on the highway. Constantly having to slam on the breaks and then flooring the pedal is a perfect recipe for gas guzzling mayhem. Some of the key things to remember is keeping your distance and to be constantly scanning ahead and around you so that you have the big picture of what is going on.
Lose The Pounds
The more weight in the vehicle means more strain on the engine. This is especially true when you accelerate or a driving up hill. I know sometimes this can be a tough one to work with but I think if you spend a few minutes looking around the back seats or scrounging through the trunk you will find a lot of dead weight that you just don’t need. Dump it and save a bunch of strain and unnecessary fuel consumption.
The key point here is all about how much time you spend on the road, the less time your car is on and running the less gas you burn. A few simple solutions can really make a difference; one of the most obvious ideas is carpooling. Sharing the responsibility of the ride to work not only saves you gas but also wear and tear on your vehicle and also means less stress for you since you don’t have to drive as often. Some of the other solutions I employ is bunching my stops and errands together in one trip. If I need several different things I will try to either go to one store that sales all the items I am looking for or find a shopping center that has all the stores I need all in one place. Another great idea is to plan your route out, try to figure out the most efficient drive time routing as well as calculating traffic considerations. For example near where I live there is a high school and an elementary school nearby. If I try to leave between 2:30 and 3:30 PM then I am guaranteed to be stuck in traffic for a good 10 or 15 minutes just trying to get out of my neighborhood. Aside from the frustration of the whole scenario I always plan to do any errands outside of that time window so I don’t find myself in traffic wasting gas.
By just making a few simple and easy changes to your regular habits and routines you can find significant savings.