In a word, “ouch”! I am sure that you have seen the recent news and headlines….Gas prices are expected to rise – “Local motorists could be paying more than $4 per gallon for gasoline by Memorial Day.” Why? The higher prices are expected because of seasonal demand patterns, rising tensions with Iran and increasing demand for oil from China, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. Per DeHaan, “A sudden slowdown of the U.S. economy might be the only thing that would drive gas prices down. “That is the double-edge sword with gas prices,” DeHaan said. “Prices rise when the economy is improving; they fall when it is not.”
So…what is a person to do? Check out our “Nine Ways to Conserve Your Gasoline” below!
NINE WAYS TO CONSERVE YOUR GASOLINE
1. Slow Down
One of the best ways to save on gas is to reduce your speed. According to the DOE, every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph represents a 7 percent decrease in fuel economy.
2. Check Your Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which causes you to burn more fuel to keep the car moving. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (if equipped), or the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) label on or near the driver’s side door. Properly inflated tires may improve your fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent.
3. Accelerate With Care
Fast acceleration wastes fuel. Accelerate modestly so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears more efficiently. Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and up to 5 percent during city driving.
4. Drive A Consistent Speed
Follow the lead of trucks and keep a consistent speed. Constant slowing down and speeding up reduces fuel economy. Consider using cruise control when appropriate.
5. Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling your vehicle gets 0 miles per gallon.
6. Stick With Stock
New wheels and tires may look cool, but if they’re not the same as the OEM specifications, they could create more resistance, thereby reducing fuel economy.
7. Clean Out Your Car
Carrying around extra baggage ? or anything that you don’t need for that trip ? only adds extra weight to your car and impacts fuel economy. For example, depending on your vehicle’s weight, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could decrease your MPG by up to two percent.
8. Plan Your Trips Better
Consider grouping your trips instead of making several trips to accomplish your daily tasks. Several short trips may use twice as much fuel as a single, longer trip that covers the same distance.
9. Use The Proper Maintenance Fluids and Replacement Parts
Always use the engine oil, replacement parts and any other fluids that the manufacturer recommends. Change your oil at the recommended intervals and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for all routine maintenance.
Over the next several weeks, I will be posting “tid-bits” that will help you keep your auto in good running order to help minimize your overall driving expenses. Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask! And, we LOVE feedback…please don’t hesitate to let us know how we are doing.
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