Cutting your Gas Costs

Posted by: Deborah Rhodes onAugust 25th, 2009

By now we are all familiar with the economics of the recession. Save, Save, Save! So in the spirit of this new age of cost-cutting and prudence, this article will show you some simple ways to cut your gas costs.

A new trend is influencing how people drive; it’s called ‘eco-driving’. In essence, this is driving in a way that will not only save you money but will also benefit the environment. In fact Britain’s RAC suggested that a few changes in your driving habits could slash up to 8% off your yearly gasoline costs; meaning that it could potentially save you around $200. Not a fortune, but in these dark days every little bit helps.

It has long been claimed that reducing your overall speed will provide better fuel efficiency to your car. 55mph being the recommended highway speed as this is the speed that new cars are test driven at to analyze their fuel efficiency. However recently that view has came under some criticism and led Peter de Nayer (Green Car Guide) to assert that 40mph was indeed the best speed to cut your fuel expenditure. Furthermore, having the air conditioning turned off can also increase your fuel efficiency by up to 8%, believe it or not, so on occasion, open your windows instead.

During Driver’s Ed, anticipation and observation are seen as key attributes necessary to successfully complete a lane change, but this strategy also proves to increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. How? By anticipating how the traffic is flowing you can eliminate any unnecessary braking or accelerating. Last but not least, you should switch off your engine completely if, for instance, you are stuck in a traffic jam or if you are at a red light you know will last for more than a couple minutes.

Gas prices are fluctuating all the time and these days they seem to be staying up instead of coming down, so the fuel consumption of your car is important. By following the above tips, you will notice a difference in how far you can go on each tank.

Another money saving tip is to skip out on the premium fuel. The type of fuel is advertised at an extra cost as it is said to increase your cars performance and longevity; unfortunately this may not be the case for yor vehicle. Unless you have a car that requires premium, just buy regular.

If you look around you will often see some promotions for money off gas – generally in supermarkets. These usually offer you a few cents off each gallon in return for spending, say, $50 in their store. If you begin to shop at that store regularly then this could be a real money saver in the long run. Some chains will offer a loyalty scheme so it’s worth checking out some outlets that offer store credit or company money (ie: Canadian Tire Money). Paying by credit card can also give you a little extra back if it has a rewards plan.

Performing one of these tips on its own might not save you a thousand dollars but if you combine them all then you will notice a difference in the amount you spend on gasoline. It is something we don’t always notice, however, say that you spend $30 per week on gas for commuting etc… this amounts to $1,500 a year. Don’t you want some of it back?

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