How to Save Money at the Fuel Pump

We all want to save money, but it’s not always easy to do. One simple way to shave off the cost of driving is to drive more efficiently to save on gas prices. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of stopping at the gas station less often. Here are five simple things you can do today to increase your fuel efficiency every day.

  1. Ensure your tires are properly inflated. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure levels for your tires. Under inflated tires aren’t just dangerous; they’re a drag on your wallet. Research shows that under inflated tires can cause fuel economy to decrease by as much as 25%.
  2. Clean up. Extra weight in your vehicle equals poor fuel economy. If you’re hauling heavy equipment or unnecessary junk in your trunk, remove it unless you absolutely need it. For every 250 pounds of extra weight in your vehicle, you can lose up to one mile per gallon.
  3. Don’t price hunt. You may think you’re making the smart choice by driving around and shopping for the lowest gas prices in your community. The truth is that going even one extra mile out of your way to save five cents per gallon isn’t cost-effective in most cases. If you see a great price while going about your day, then fill up, otherwise just fill up when you need it.
  4. Don’t overfill. Your vehicle’s auto-shutoff function is there for a reason and over filling gives you negligible amounts of extra gasoline.
  5. Leave earlier. If you’re sitting in traffic every morning, you might as well throw your dollars out the window as you burn up gas and go nowhere. If your commute leaves you sitting in traffic, leave earlier or adjust your commute to avoid gridlock and increase miles per gallon.

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