There is no question that gas and diesel prices are on the rise. This can be a huge expense for families, companies, and individuals alike. However, there are ways to save money on gas and increase your car or truck's fuel efficiency. In this blog post, we will discuss 10 tips that help our commercial truck drivers rack up savings.
Tip #01: Keep your tires inflated to the correct pressure.
This is probably the easiest way to improve fuel efficiency, as it can increase gas mileage by up to three percent. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your car in the owner's manual or on a sticker inside of the driver's side doorjamb.
If you don't care about the ride quality and wearing out the center of your tire, you can try increasing the pressure to reduce the rolling resistance.
Tip #02: Drive the speed limit.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Driving faster than the speed limit wastes gas. Plus, it's also against the law in many states! You will be amazed how much fuel you can save by driving the speed limit. You may not feel like you are going anywhere fast, but your bank account will be happy.
Tip #03: Remove unnecessary weight from your car.
If you don't need it, take it out of your car! This includes things like golf clubs, luggage, and even your child's car seat. Every extra pound you have to push around means that your car has to work harder and use more fuel.
Tip #04: Avoid excessive braking and acceleration.
When you brake or accelerate too quickly, it wastes gas. Try to drive in a way that will minimize these types of maneuvers. Rolling through corners in a controlled manner while avoiding the brakes is key to avoiding extra acceleration. Visualize a tennis ball under your gas pedal and use that motion when pressing down.
Tip #05: Drive at the right speed for the conditions.
If you're driving on the highway, try to maintain a constant speed. If you're driving in town, take it easy and go with the flow of traffic. Driving at the appropriate speed for each situation will save you fuel big time.
Tip #06: Use cruise control when possible.
Using cruise control can help you maintain a consistent speed, which in turn saves gas. Newer cars have adaptive cruise options, if you are serious about fuel always go for this option. Just be sure to use it safely!
Tip #07: Plan your trips ahead of time.
If you can avoid making multiple small trips, you'll save fuel. Try to combine errands into one big trip.
Tip #08: Keep your car well-maintained.
Making sure that your car is in good condition will help it run more efficiently and save fuel. This includes regular tune-ups, clean air filters, properly inflated tires, and proper levels of oil and other fluids.
Tip #09: Use the right type of fuel.
Not all cars are designed to run on gasoline. If you have a car that runs on alternative fuel, be sure to use it! You can find out what fuel your car needs by looking in the owner's manual or contacting the manufacturer.
Tip #10: Buy a fuel-efficient car.
If you're in the market for a new car, be sure to consider fuel efficiency as one of your top priorities. There are many fuel-efficient models available today, so there's no need to sacrifice performance or comfort.
We hope these tips help you save money on fuel and increase your vehicle's fuel efficiency!