Families everywhere are really getting severly pinched or hurt with the price of gas these days, and there is no end in sight. We have to do everything we can to save a little here and there, not only on road trips, but on everyday tips to drop kids off at school, work, or the grocery store. This summer a lot of families will be driving on the roads. With the price of gas and diesel both climbing, it is important to remember that no matter how much you are paying at the pump, there are some ways to save your gas once you’ve purchased it, which will allow you to spend less overall on gasoline. There are things that a family, and there are things that you can do to your car to make sure that you are able to save on gasoline. Here are a few gas saving tips that may help.
Daily Gas Saving Tips
First of all, we should all know that driving slower helps save money, so try to make it a habit to drive slower then you would normally drive. The slower that you go, the more you save on gas. The general rule is to keep it under 55 or 60 MPH – every 5 miles an hour that you go over that, you are going to be reducing your fuel economy by 5%, and it will only mean a little time added to your trip.
Also, if you can use the cruise control whenever possible, or drive at a steady speed when you cannot use the cruise control, you’ll find that you also save on gas money. This is because driving at a steady speed uses gasoline more slowly, while slowing down and speeding up is a way to waste gas.
This also pertains to your accelerations. If you are accelerating very quickly, you are going to be burning more fuel, hands down. Therefore, if you can accelerate more slowly, you will save on gas – and the wear and tear will be less on your car as well.
If you drive a manual transmission, shift into the next gear as soon as you can, which will cut back on the amount of fuel that you use. Just be careful not to switch too soon, because this will damage your car.
You shouldn’t idle, either, whenever you can avoid it. Leaving the car running might seem like a good idea, and it might be quicker for you, but turn the car off when you aren’t using it to save on gasoline. This will be better for your car overall, and will save you lots of money on gas, too.
Of course, the best thing that you can do as a driver is not to drive. If you can carpool to work or school, or ride your bike to the store, or even walk, you’ll save money on gas simply by not using it. In many places, people only use their cars when they absolutely have to. If you have neighbors or friends who are going the same place as you are, see if carpooling is a good option. Otherwise, check out the public transportation in your area, or decide where you can easily walk or ride your bike. On a trip check out the public transportation system ahead of time, and make it a fun experience. For example, taking a cable car ride in San Francisco can be an experience of a lifetime for a child.
Since you will more than likely be traveling with children, you may want to read our article Traveling with Kids. This will give you some ideas to keeping your children entertained so you don’t have to drive as fast.
Things To Do To Your Car
It is important for drivers and riders to follow certain responsibilities in order to save gas – but there are some great tips that you can follow for your car, too, so that you can ultimately save as much as possible on gas.
First of all, if there is anything on your car that doesn’t need to be there, take it off. Things like roof racks, ski racks, and even flags that flutter in the wind all create drag while you are driving, and will burn more fuel more quickly. Get your car as streamlined as possible, and remember that you can take off your roof racks unless you are using them. This will save greatly on gas.
You don’t need your snow tires or chains in warm weather, so take them off. The size of your wheels and tires are going to effect the way that your car burns fuel, so try to get smaller tires. Just be careful so that they are safe for your car and safe for you.
If you have heavy things in your trunk or the backseat of your car, take them out. Even a box of books can cost you an extra few dollars per trip, and when gas costs so much already , each dollar that you save is going to be worth it. So clean out your car and make sure you aren’t paying for anything extra to be dragged along with you.
Last, be absolutely sure that you keep up on your car’s maintenance. Be sure that you have taken your car in regularly and have the entire thing tuned up. You’d be surprised at how much money this can save you when it comes to fuel economy.
By following a few simple tips, you can be sure that both you and your car are ready to save as much as possible on gas money – now and in the future.
Lastly, consider a gas rebate card and earn a little extra money off of every purchase. One thing to keep in mind with these cards is to only use them for purchases you will get a rebate from and to make sure you pay them off right away or they will lose their value. Of course the credit card companies are hoping you will keep a balance on the card, but make sure you don’t. Every little bit helps.