Five Easy Ways to Save Gas
We all know how gas prices are these days. As gas prices rise it seems the economy’s prosperity falls. Here’s some easy, no-brainer ways to save gas at the pump.
- Fill up on Wednesdays Before the Sun Rises.
Filling up in the middle of the week helps you to avoid high gas prices on the weekend. The gas companies depend on weekend travelers and raise the prices accordingly. Filling up before the sun rises assures that you get the most gas for your money. Gas, like air, is more dense when cold. Filling up at cool times assures you get more bang for your buck.
- Check Your Tire Pressure
Low tire pressure causes your car to work extra hard to travel the same distance. Make sure that your tires are aired up to the higher end of the range listed on the tire. Generally speaking, the higher the pressure the better gas mileage you can achieve.
- Car Pool
Well this seems like a no-brainer as well… and it is! Ride with someone to work, to eat and anywhere you go with someone together. Readjust your schedules to match others (if possible) and ride together. Split the cost of the gas and you instantly saved half your normal gas bill. Of course, use the most fuel-efficient car available.
- Accelerate Easily
Push the gas pedal one fourth of the way down when accelerating. This will greatly reduce the amount of gas you use in the city. Jackrabbit starts and breaking heavily consumes larger amounts of energy with the same results as driving easily. Be light on the gas and you’ll be surprised!
- Find Cheap Gas
This also seems like a no-brainer but some stations are much cheaper during the middle of the week. Stay away from highways and popular areas. Check sites like gasbuddy.com to locate cheap stations as reported by "gas spotters".
Utilizing the above tips can save you a truckload of money over time. By simply adjusting a few small things in your everyday routine, you can save money and keep more in your savings.
Things you can do with your saved cash:
- Put the saved cash in your savings
- Invest the money in a mutual fund of your choice
- Start an IRA and start saving for your future
- Buy extra groceries - frozen foods keep long - stock up!
Good Luck! Save your cash!