Gas prices are high and look set to
remain that way for some time. This will have an effect on everyone
who uses their car regularly, whether that is as a small business,
or just as a family car. Buying gas at low-cost stations is only a
temporary solution, and when it seems like all the latest taxes,
interest rate rises and costs of transporting the gas are going to
be passed straight to the consumer, the time has come to start
making savings on gas.
Of course, the easiest way of making
savings on gas is to take fewer trips; but if this is not practical
for you, then there are other ways of reducing your fuel costs with
a few simple tips.
It is important to ensure that you
maintain your momentum while travelling wherever you can. The less
inertia your car has to struggle against, the better, both for
keeping the car in top condition, and reducing the amount of fuel it
uses. Every time you have to press the car onwards, the car has to
use more fuel. Driving carefully so that you do not have to make
'jackrabbit' starts, or crank up the gears again and again, means
that you get more miles to your gallon.
Emptying your car of everything
unnecessary is also likely to help you in making savings on gas.
Excess weight in the car, whether in the trunk or inside the car
itself will mean that your car will be slowed down, and it will take
more fuel (ie, more effort) in order to travel the same distance.
Lightening the load means better fuel efficiency. 200 pounds of
weight is equal to a reduction of one mile per gallon in
Almost half of all the energy needed
to drive the car is used through acceleration. Some drivers develop
a habit of shooting forward from a stop, and then slamming on the
brakes at the next red light. Of course, all this stopping and
starting uses up a lot of fuel; better driving habits can mean
making savings on gas of between 5 and 10 percent.
Start a car pool with co-workers.
Sharing the journey helps reduce the monotony of travel, and all
passengers will contribute to the cost of your journey, making it
more economical. Moreover, if you share the driving duties, some
week days you won't have to drive to work at all.
Don't use the air-con unless you
really need to; rolling down a window in summer is much more
economical. Air-con is one of the most wasteful additions to a car;
not only does it cause extra stress on the engine, but it also
reduces fuel efficiency by 5-10 percent. When you want to be making
savings on gas, air-con is decidedly expensive. It also makes more
work for the engine, and means that it is less efficient in other
ways, as well as decreasing the lifespan of some of the engine