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7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Gas

If you want to save money on gas, there are a few things you can do that will make a difference. Here are seven easy ways to save money on Gas.

1. Buy fuel efficient cars

It blows my mind that car manufactures can’t make a car that gets much more than 30 miles per gallon.  I say that, because they were able to make 30 mpg cars in the fifties. For example, check out the Rambler was one of them.  Why is this?

I’m not one to buy into conspiracy theories, but there does seem to be something fishy about that.  Why can’t car manufacturers make a car get significantly higher gas mileage than they did seventy years ago?  Perhaps they can; they just choose not to for no apparent reason.

What’s more disturbing is that people continue to buy cars that get worse gas mileage than that, which is crazy to me.  But people will do what they do, I suppose.

If you want to save on gas, just buy a car that gets good gas mileage.  If you just bought a car, maybe this isn’t something you can do right now, but next time you’ll be able to. If I don’t get at least 30 mpg, I’m not getting that car (that’s just me, though).

2. Buy unleaded fuel

Some vehicles, especially luxury vehicles, require that you use premium fuel.  However, most vehicles do not.  If your vehicle doesn’t require it, why waste your money on it? It’s unnecessary.

Regular unleaded works just fine, and it will save you a ton of money overtime.  There’s no reason to buy something more expensive unless your vehicle has to have it, but most vehicles don’t.  If your vehicle doesn’t require premium, just use regular unleaded to save money.

3. Check tire pressure

A good habit to get into is to always make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended pressure.  Most tires recommend a pressure around 35 psi, but you should check your tires to be sure.

Once you know where your pressure needs to be, you can use a simple pressure gauge like this one to see if your tires are where they need to be.

A lot of vehicles these days have sensors for this kind of thing, but if your vehicle doesn’t, you’ll want to pay closer attention to this.

Whether your tire is under-inflated or over-inflated, both could wreak havoc on your tires and cost you money.

Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel economy by about 5 percent.  It can also cause premature wear, increase friction and heat, and cause the tire to fail (costing you more money for a replacement).

Over-inflated tires are no better.  They can result in premature tire failure as well.  Over-inflated tires can cause a stiff and harsh ride and can make your tires more prone to damage.

When your tires are inflated to specs, you will get more life out of your tire and better fuel economy.  This is something that you’ll want to check on a regular basis.

4. Drive the speed limit

One of the easiest things you can do to save on gas is to drive the speed limit (obviously, you can do this no mater what vehicle you have).

This is probably the number one reason people get worse gas mileage than they should (it’s the way they drive).

When you drive safe, and drive the speed limit, you are going to break less and gas less, both of which will save on gas.

Smart and steady driving will save you money since you won’t have to fuel as often.

5. Change your air filter

Overtime, your air filter accumulates dirt, which restricts the air flow to your engine.  This hurts your fuel economy.

You basically need three things to keep an engine running: fuel, fire, and air.  Take away any one of those elements, and your car will not run.  Restrict anyone of those elements, and your car won’t run as good.

When you have a dirty air filter, your vehicle doesn’t get the air it needs, causing your fuel usage to increase to keep the vehicle running.  A clean air filter will make sure your vehicle gets the proper air it needs.

You should probably change your air filter every other oil change, maybe about once or twice a year.  This will ensure that you get the right amount of air, so you use the right amount of fuel.

6. Change your oil

It used to be the norm to change your oil every 3000 miles, but that figure is a little outdated these days (mostly because of the different types of oils available now).

Conventional oil used to be rated at 3000 miles, meaning that after 3000 miles the oil would start to break down. This is still the case with conventional oil, but there are some oils that are made to last longer.

When I get an oil change, I usually get a “synthetic blend.”  This simply means that it has a man-made component in the oil that keeps it from breaking down as easily.  Nowadays, you can get about 5000 miles out of an oil change when you use a synthetic blend, so that’s what I would recommend.

Old oil will cause your engine to operate poorly, causing your fuel economy to suffer.  If you change your oil every 5000 miles, you won’t have to worry about that.

7. Get a tune-up

Like with routine oil changes, you should also be getting tune-ups on your vehicle when needed.  Generally, this means changing out your spark plugs and wires.

This causes your car to fire more efficiently, which reduces your fuel consumption (remember those three elements). By getting tune-ups, you will increase your fuel economy and save on gas.

Final thoughts

There are many things you can do to save money on gas, but these are seven of my favorite.  They’re easy to do, and worth it in the long run.  Every little bit helps.

The next time you go to the pump, you might ask yourself which ones you can do.  Doing so might save you some money.