With the summer months keeping everyone busy with travel, sports, entertainment, that means more driving and more times to the pump. There can be a few ways to save money on gas that will help your wallet.
Shop Around For the Best Price
Much like anything you are in the market to purchase, why not shop around for the best deal? Same goes for gas; different gas stations have different prices. Depending on the location of the station, those that are right in major intersections or right off the freeway in populated areas can be top dollar, while in rural areas you can see significant savings. Just with my commute, the gas station by my work is typically at least .10 cents less per gallon than by my house, so why not just fill up before or after work. With summer travel around the corner, your wallet will thank you with the savings after the number of times you fill up.
Air Conditioner Does Not Have to Be on Full Blast
Some may say it is an old wives tale that running the air conditioner wastes gas, and that can be partly true, but the amount you run the A/C versus the driving conditions does actually make a difference. If you are in say a stop and go commute, then your fuel efficiency is already decreased, so running the air conditioner will not help, so in this case you can save a few extra gas miles by keeping the windows down. For continuous driving, it is more efficient to run the A/C instead of the additional drag by keeping the windows down, but that does not mean it has to be on full blast. Keeping the A/C at a comfortable level and maintaining a consistent driving pattern is the key.
Watch the Lead Foot
According to the EPA, driving aggressively can lower gas mileage by 33% on the express way and 5% in the city, so watch how you are stepping on the gas at acceleration when leaving a light. Continuous slamming on the gas and breaks will cost you money, as well as driving at excessive speeds on the freeway. Use the cruise control if you have to, but typically driving above 70 mph will lower gas mileage, so maybe it is not necessary to drive 85 mph all of the time, and you will gave a few extra miles per gallon.