How to Spend Less on Gasoline
By Steve Gillman
The following savings tips are excerpted from the ebook, "Money
Saving Secrets," which has a total of 24 ways to spend less
on gasoline, and is included in the Secrets
Package. It also has hundreds of ways to save money on almost
everything else you might buy.
1. Use Synthetic Oil. Synthetic lubricants may cost
more initially, but you can safely go longer between oil changes
than with petroleum-based engine oil. That should make up the
difference in price. Meanwhile they reduce friction better and
improve gas mileage.
2. Check Tire Pressure. Having your tires under-inflated
by five or six pounds can reduce your gas mileage by as much
as three miles per gallon. Check the pressure regularly, and
watch for the appearance of low pressure.
3. Check the Gas Cap. A bad seal or missing cap can
allow up to two to three gallons of gas monthly to evaporate.
This pollutes the air in addition to costing you money. If the
rubber seal around your cap seems worn or damaged, buy a new
cap. A five to ten dollar part may save you sixty dollars or
more per year.
4. Empty Your Car. The department of Energy says you
can improve your gas mileage by as much as 1% for every 100 pounds
in weight reduction. So don't leave heavy objects in the car
if you don;t need them there.
5. Remove Racks. If you no longer use the bicycle rack,
remove it. If the season is over, take that ski rack off too.
The weight they add and the wind resistance they create reduce
6. Accelerate Slowly. It has been shown that fast acceleration
definitely uses more gasoline. Be gentle on that pedal when getting
the car up to highway speed.
7. Coast More. Get used to planning ahead for stops
and turns when driving. Not only do you get better mileage by
coasting more, but speeding up to stops and then stopping quickly
wears down the brakes faster, costing you even more money.
8. Don't Idle too Much. The average car needs to run
for less than a minute to get the engine lubricated, and possibly
only fifteen seconds. So don;t start the car and then let it
sit there running. Start out slowly if it hasn't been more than
a few seconds, but you can stop idling too much and save yourself
9. Know How to Use Cruise. The cruise control on cars
is great for long, relatively flat stretches. When it is hilly,
though, you will generally get better mileage on your own. Cruise
control will tend to accelerate to the top of the hill if the
speed is a bit to slow, while you can see the downhill stretch
coming and let off on the gas pedal. Cruise control, also tends
to accelerate too fast when you start up the next hill.
10. Use Heaters and Air Conditioners Wisely. Both of
these put an extra load on the engine, so wait a bit longer than
normal to turn them on, or find ways to avoid their use when
you can. Doing so will improve your mileage.
11. Plan Trips Better. Fewer miles means less gas used,
so try to route your shopping trips and other outings in the
mist efficient ways. Saving just a few miles several times weekly
can add up to 500 miles less annually, which at 20 miles per
gallon means 25 gallons less gas used.
12. Close Windows - As long as it is comfortable in
the car, it is better to have the windows closed. This will improve
13. Get a Tune Up. If you have noticed a reduction
in mileage, you may just need a tune-up to get the car back to
normal. You may save the $75 cost in just a few months because
of the gas savings from better mileage.
14. Use a Cash Back Credit Card. If you use a credit
card that pays you cash back to purchase gasoline, you effectively
cut the cost.
15. Go To Cheap Stations. It usually isn't worth the
trouble and extra gas to drive far for gas that is only slightly
cheaper. On the other hand, you may regularly drive by numerous
gas stations, so note which one is the cheapest and start filling
16. Add an Engine Coating. Products like Slick50 coat
the engine and reduce friction, as well as improving compression.
The net result is a longer engine life and better gas mileage.
17. Don't Use Premium Fuel. They aren't necessary or
beneficial in most newer cars, so you are just spending more
for no good reason.
18. Slow Down. It's estimated that driving 75 mph instead
of 65 mph is the equivalent of paying 30 cents more per gallon
19. Get Free Gas. Here's an innovative idea that is
There are more ways
to save money on gas, along with hundreds of ways to save
on almost everything, on the site everywaytosavemoney.com.