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10 Foolproof Ways to Save on Gas this Summer

Woman pumping gas at gas station

July 3, 2017 Topic: How To

Originally posted on carguardian.com.

The summer driving season upon us. So here are 10 simple tips to help you save money at the pump and stretch the gas in your tank a little further.

Sure, a gallon of gas doesn’t set you back $4.50 anymore. But even at today’s prices, fuel bills still add up. Some of us here at CarGuardian spend upwards of three hundred dollars a month on gas. That’s over $3,500 a year — certainly not chump change.

The good news is there are some super simple tricks you can do to reduce your fuel burn. Today we’ll cover ten of them. So if you’re interested in stretching that tank of gas and saving a few bucks at the pump, read on…

Regular maintenance

This should go without saying, but keeping your vehicle regularly serviced for oil/filter changes and tune-ups will do wonders for your gas mileage and the life of your car overall.

Slow down

While most of us tend to drive faster than the speed limit in order to reach our destinations quicker, more gas is consumed this way. It’s recommended to try your best to stick to the posted speed limits, particularly on the highway. Leaving sooner so you’re less prone to speeding is one way to help this.

Proper tire inflation

Under-inflated tires lead to high rolling resistance, which in turn causes more friction with the road, and ultimately leads to greater gas consumption. Tire pressure should be checked regularly, especially in colder climates, as tires can lose 1 to 2 lbs. of air pressure for every 10°F that it drops outside.

Map out your drive

This may be up for debate as some map apps on phones recommend questionable routes for your drive. But on the whole, the real-time data can help you avoid traffic-prone areas and accident hot spots.

Manage your A/C

Everybody’s comfort level is different, but rolling down the windows and cutting down the use of your air conditioning during city driving will save you fuel. Conversely, keeping your windows closed and A/C on during highway driving will minimize wind resistance and burn less gas.

Know when to accelerate

As mentioned earlier, going faster isn’t always better. The same goes for slamming on the brakes. Studies have shown that excessive acceleration and hard braking could consume as much as 35% more gas than if you gradually sped up or slowed down.

Forget the frequent top-ups

While you may think that keeping your tank full whenever you see prices drop will save you money, you’ll actually be wasting more fuel and time (not to mention wear and tear on ignition).

Only drive when necessary

Walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit if certain destinations are close enough to do so. If more drivers did this, there would be fewer traffic jams waste fuel in, not to mention less frustration in the parking lots.

Shop around before filling-up

Thanks to smartphone apps and websites like GasBuddy.com you can now locate fueling stations in your area with the cheapest gas prices before you head out.

Clean out your ride

Avoid excess and unnecessary weight in the car by emptying it out often. From golf clubs to strollers, it all adds up and can weigh your car down. This reduces gas mileage (some studies have shown that 100 pounds of extra weight adds the equivalent of 6 cents a gallon to the cost of driving your car). Thus, if they don’t need to be stored in there every day take them out.