6 Thrifty Tricks To Save On Gas
Want to save on gas? Slash what you’re paying at the pumps with these easy, do-it-yourself strategies for fuel-efficient driving.
1. Save on gas by keeping your engine warm
Want to save on gas? Try to string errands together by driving to the farthest destination first, which will get the block heated up, and then working your way home.
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2. Save on gas by keeping the windows open—on local roads only
At highway speeds, however, driving with the windows down creates drag. To save on gas when you’re driving 65 km/h or faster, roll up the windows and put on the AC.
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3. Don’t hoard
You don’t need to lug around a case of oil, a bag of sand, or that box of antique tools you got at the garage sale, right? So empty the trunk—the less weight, the more you’ll save on gas. Here are the things you should never ever leave in your car.
4. Avoid traffic wherever possible
Driving at speed is more fuel efficient than creeping along in low gear.
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5. Inflate your tires
Want to save on gas? Keep your tires inflated and steer clear of those stickier, wider performance tires, which increase road friction and can sap mileage per gallon. Instead, opt for eco-focused tires, which reduce rolling resistance. Here are 10 more often-overlooked services that can extend the life of your vehicle.
6. Get a Tune-up
A smooth-running engine is more fuel efficient. Next, find out eight more ways to get better gas mileage and fuel economy.