Today’s gas prices are unusually low, but they are sure to climb back up over the next few months. Here are some tips to help you keep more money in your pocket and more gas in the tank:
- Search for the best deal. Gas prices can vary significantly even in a small geographic area. Use apps like GasBuddy and Waze to check prices before filling up.
- Watch the heavy foot. Unnecessary accelerating and braking can have significant impacts on fuel efficiency. Keep a steady speed and brake gently, especially when driving in the city. Use cruise control on the highway when it is safe to do so.
- Keep it light. It’s tempting to use your trunk as storage for anything from camping equipment to gym gear. Hauling excess weight can add up in terms of gas costs, especially if you are a daily driver.
- Don’t idle. Unless you expect to wait for just a couple of minutes, turn off your car’s engine when you are safely out of the line of traffic. Idling can consume as much as half a litre of fuel in 10 minutes in a 5-litre engine car.
- Use the right tires for the season and keep them properly maintained. Summer tires create less friction than their winter counterparts, increasing fuel efficiency. Keep tires inflated to proper manufacturing specifications to get optimal performance.
- Buy when the time is right. Prices tend to drop in the evening and rise as the weekend approaches. If you live close to a gas station, consider making filling up in the evening a part of your routine. That said, if you spot a good deal at any time, take advantage.
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