When it comes to driving, filling up at the gas station has become a small investment in your car. Gas prices have continued to stay high, with no relief in sight. There are a few ways you can save money as you drive, simply by modifying a few things that you do at the wheel. Making small changes will make a difference at the pump, and help you conserve gas in your car a little longer! Here are a few tips you can use while driving.
- Drive Slower: It’s the easiest thing to do, but it seems to be the one we most forget, simply driving slower. By slowing the engine down, relaxing as you stop and go, and maintaining a more consistent speed with your vehicle, it will save you in gas mileage. A motorist who is driving at 65 miles per hour instead of 55 miles per hour, will use 2 more miles per gallon more. It all adds up to more fuel expense over the month.
- Turn the Engine Off: When you do come to a stop, cut off the engine if you know you will be waiting for a 5 minutes or more. While you are waiting for someone to come to the car, or waiting for the car pool line to begin, just allow the engine to rest while you wait. Don’t burn more fuel than you have to.
- Rolling the Windows Down: It is a known fact that your car’s air conditioning burns 15-20 percent more gas than rolling down the windows. Take advantage of a nice sunny day, and let your car get some fresh air. Save your gas money by rolling them down and using the breeze from the outside.
- Avoid Heavy Traffic: Plan your driving times to avoid heavy traffic. Stop-and-go traffic is tough on your car. You can also try to combine most of your small errands and quick trips into one outing. If you can combine your errands, it will save you a lot of money each year. It just takes a few extra minutes to look over where you want to go for the day, and plan accordingly. It takes a little stress off the day, too.
- Drive at Steady Speeds: This one may seem hard to avoid at times, especially in traffic, however, if you become more aware of it, you can make a difference in your car’s fuel usage. Steady driving helps your car use less gasoline. Fast starts at green lights will send you to the gas pump faster. Take your time as you come to a stop, at a yield, and as you start, and you will save money at the pump.