We don’t know when the recession will come to an end and even when it’s over, we don’t have a guarantee that gas prices will be stable at the same rate as they were before the slump. Traveling expenses now represent a larger proportion of any lower or middle class household’s income, where it was a lower percentage of the income in previous times. I’ve met people who’d stopped vacationing for 2 months due to the high increase in car costs and running errands.
Small measures taken care of could significantly reduce your gas expenses and in turn could allow the availability of a greater amount of money to be spent elsewhere then just on gasoline.
Use radial steel-coated tires; they’re known to increase gas mileage by more than 8%. New technology based low rolling resistance tires also reduce the wastage of gas due to normal friction and saves energy.
Have patience; accelerate lightly. No need to pound the race, push the accelerator smoothly.
Limit the number of brakes struck and avoid frequent use. When you hit the brakes, you’ve spent gas for stopping instead of traveling. Watch the road ahead and think of your moves in advance.
Coast up on traffic jams, red lights or green lights appearing from far away and would not remain green till you reached the signal. This would limit the use of brakes and save gas.
Avoid peak traffic time to travel with kids or even for work. Traffic forces frequent brakes and accelerations with bumper-to-bumper cars not allowing you to stop your engine.
Use a GPS tracking device whenever possible and reach the destination with the shortest and least busy route available.
Try warming your car up by driving and not just having it started and letting it rest for 5 minutes. Idling the car engine wastes gas and it is recommended to start driving immediately as the engine heats up faster.
Tire pressure should be checked at least once in a week. 6% of the gas mileage could be lost for a single pound of under inflation in the tire pressure.
Fill up gas from the cheapest gas station near you. The searching could be done through either online websites like GasBuddy.com or through cell phone messaging updates.
Sustain a stable speed when driving on roads and highways; remember always that a constant speed saves the most fuel.
Avoid keeping your internal air-conditioner open at all times if you can keep away from it. Tests have shown that it saves fuel because when an AC is on you have to press the accelerator more than usual to get a sufficient highway speed, and more race, means more gas consumed.
Know the most mileage-efficient speed of your car and drive neither too slow, nor too fast from that speed. Normally a speed of 60mph is considered the most fuel-saving pace for smaller, lighter cars. Heavier vehicles like SUVs, trucks, luxuries, 4x4s etc are advised to maintain a steady speed of 40mph. These speeds have been computed through various factor adjustments that you can find here.
Avoid taking too much extra weight with you in the car. For necessary times such as vacations, you may take the carriages with you, but remember to pack lighter bags, taking only what’s essential.
The lighter and smaller the car, the more gas mileage it gives. A motorcycle maybe rather dangerous, but it has its advantages and one of them is that it saves a lot of gas, with a brilliant mileage.
Avoid using premium high octane gas and save money, unless your car calls for it. Weighty cars have high-performance engines and the usage of premium gas is suggested. Thus, it is better to drive smaller or hybrid cars in times of recession and when gas costs are touching the sky, get the most out of everything.