Gas prices continue to fluctuate, with the price rising more often than falling. Americans are trying to find new ways to save on fuel.
The U.S. Department of Energy came up with 10 money-saving tips to help you save at the gas pumps:
- Get a Tune Up
By tuning your engine, you can improve your gas mileage anywhere from 4-40%. This saves you 12 cents per gallon.
- Inflate Your Tires
Ensuring that your tires are the correct pressure can save you 9 cents per gallon.
- Don’t Skimp on Quality
Use the correct octane fuel for your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual if you are unsure. Using the wrong kind of fuel can make you lose 3-6 cents per gallon.
- Lose Weight
Clean out your car. Reducing the weight of your car by 100 pounds saves 4-8 cents per gallon.
- Watch Your Speed
For every five miles per hour over 60 you drive, you are spending an extra 24-87 cents per gallon.
- Shop Around
Compare your local gas station prices to the stations in the next town. It may be worth driving a few miles if the price is a lot lower. Also, if you use a credit card anyway, use one that offers gas rebates or a discount on gas.
- Don’t Stop and Go
Avoid starting fast and stopping suddenly. Maintain a constant speed and you will save hundreds of dollars on lower fuel and maintenance costs.
- Change Your Oil
Motor oil labeled “Energy Conserving” uses friction-reducing additives to make your gas last longer.
- Plan Your Route
Instead of running around doing various errands different days of the week, plan your route so you can do all your errands in one day. Figure out how you can drive to each stop without having to backtrack.
- Use Technology
Use your apps to find the cheapest gas near you. Or hop online to gasbuddy.com.