Gas prices are ever-changing. By using an app like GasBuddy, you can find the cheapest gas in your area. Here are some other tips to get the most bang for your buck!
Planning and Combining Trips
Combining errands into one trip saves you time and money. Your fuel economy is worse when your engine is cold than when it is warmed up. So, several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer, multipurpose trip covering the same distance.
Trip planning can reduce the amount of time you drive with a cold engine. It can also reduce the distance you travel.
-Stagger your work hours to avoid peak rush hours.
-Drive your most fuel-efficient vehicle.
-Consider telecommuting (working from home) if your employer permits it.
-Take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs. You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with others. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. HOV lanes are typically less congested, further improving your fuel economy.
Consider using public transit if it is available and convenient for you. The American Public Transit Transportation Association has links to information about public transportation in your state.
Drive smarter, not faster
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.1
Driver feedback devices can help you drive more efficiently. A recent study suggests that they can help the average driver improve fuel economy by about 3% and that those using them to save fuel can improve gas mileage by about 10%.2
That’s like saving about $0.07 to $0.23 per gallon!
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph.
You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.16 per gallon for gas.3
Observing the speed limit is also a safer way to drive.
Stay safe and save gas this summer!