Gas prices have soared to unimaginable heights of late. Since most of us are not likely to turn to bikes or horse-drawn buggies we will have to learn to get the most from our gas dollars. Try a few of the following tips to make your gas go farther.
? Combine trips. With your errand list in hand try to visit as many places as possible in one trip.
? Make sure that you tires are properly inflated. Read through the owner's manual for specific information on proper pressure for your car.
? Change your air filter regularly. Clogged air filters can rob you of precious gas mileage and add as much as ten percent to your transportation budget.
? Notice how your mileage relates to your fuel gauge. If you seem to go through a tank of gas too quickly in relation to miles traveled consider trying another brand or grade; an oil change or a tune-up.
? Check out sites such as www.gasbuddy.com to learn about cheap gas deals in your area. Many local news stations also feature "cheap gas," or other sites with similar information.
? Avoid excessive accelerating, braking and idling. Experts agree that gas mileage is significantly decreased as speeds increase. Save gas and money by driving the speed limit and never any faster than 60 miles per hour. Rather than let your car sit running for several minutes, turn it off, you'll use less gas.
? Map out your trip before you hit the road. Taking the scenic route can be great, but not when you are counting your gas dollars, Choose a service such as www.mapquest.com to help you find the shortest, most direct way to get to your destination.
? If you are in the market for a car, check out sites like the automotive consumer guide or www.fuelecomony.gov for information on cars with the best and worst mileage before you buy.
? Monitor air conditioning usage. At speeds lower than 40 miles per hour, it can be more fuel efficient to roll down your windows.
? Empty your trunk. Heavy loads weigh down your car and reduce your gas mileage.
? Fuel up after sundown, you'll get more gas for your dollar. Gas expands with heat and compresses with cold air.
? Consider car pooling. Car pooling is not a very attractive option for many of us as it limits our flexibility and privacy. Still for some, it can be a great option. And when we understand that car pooling can save hundreds of dollars annually and is kind to our environment, many more may be willing to give it a try.
We love our cars but gas prices have lately damped our affair a bit. Spend less on gas and enjoy your car more with a few tips that make every trip a little cheaper.
A particular credit union in Miami Florida gave away prepaid gas cards as a part of their refinance promotion. Check with your local credit union for similar offers.
Nicole Soltau is the President and Founder of http://CreditUnionRate.com
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