I don't know about you, but I'm finding myself driving more since the kids have gotten out of school. They want to go here and there. Because of this I thought it would be timely to share a few tips on how to save money at the gas pump.
Anticipate that the light will be turning red and ease off the gas rather than gunning it to fly across on the yellow. Easing off on the gas is much better than having to brake hard.
Turn off your air conditioner. Um... I guess I could do that in the morning and evening hours.
Use your cruise control when traffic is light. It keeps your speed constant eliminating the need to accelerate.
Reduce weight. Hahaha. I'm laughing at this if you read yesterdays post about me exercising and trying to lose weight! No seriously, get things out of the car and trunk that don't need to be in your vehicle. That will save gas.
Pick a better route. Pick a route with fewer stoplights. Sometimes the shortest route is not always the best on fuel. Sometimes the stoplights in my area are a two full minutes. There are areas where I can actually drive around the block or take a slight jog in my route to avoid these long lights. I'm not exactly sure if doing these maneuvers saves on gas, but it does keep my blood pressure down.
Speaking of pressure, keep your tires at their recommended inflation pressure.
Reduce drag. Remove any luggage roof rack or bicycle rack if you are not using them.
Use the correct grade motor oil. Consult your handbook for what is best for your vehicle at this time of year. If you use a wrong grade that can cause more friction of the engine, causing it to run hotter and causing it to use more gas.
Drive less. Combine your trips. Ok, this one goes with out saying. It is just hard for me when the kids are bored in the afternoon and want to do something. One thing I try to do is to talk to the kids about the plans for tomorrow and see if we can't combine some of our activities. I like going shopping in the morning, but lately, I have to put my preferences aside and adjust my shopping time to coordinate with the kids going to the pool.