In many parts of the United States, it is necessary to have a car to get back and forth to work, run errands and travel. However, if you do not have money to pay for gas, you won’t be able to travel around and complete your tasks. When tracking your finances, you must always include gas money as a constant expense. Here are a couple of car tips that could help you save up to 20% on gas.
Drive Smart, Not Fast
Traffic jams are a hassle and something nobody wants to deal with, but driving with road rage and tailgating can make traffic even worse for you and your car. In what car enthusiasts call “angry driving”, such as accelerating unnecessarily, you may make your mileage and overall condition of your car much worse. Kelli Grant, senior consumer reporter for SmartMoney.com states, “If you peel away from a traffic light like you’re in the Indy 500, you’re going to pay for that.” Research shows that accelerating slowly from a green light and reducing speed for a red light can cut your car’s gas consumption anywhere from 20-35%, depending on the size of your car. Use this little fact and you might see your car’s tank last longer than it usually does.
Visit the Gas Station on Wednesday or Thursday Mornings
Timing is everything. During a regular work week, you might want to fill up your tank on Wednesday or Thursday before 10 a.m. Chris Faulner, president and CEO of Breitling Oil and Gas, suggests doing this because, “Gas prices rise on Thursdays in anticipation of weekend travel,” and 10 a.m. is when most station owners make their price change for the day. Unless it is an emergency, do not buy gas Friday, Saturday or Sunday. “If you are planning on filling up during the holidays, like Labor Day, plan ahead and fill up as far in advance as you can because gas prices tend to go up for the occasion.
Strategize Your Commute
Sitting in traffic wastes your gas consumption so make sure to avoid it at all costs. Using GPS apps on your phone allows you to avoid traffic when possible and help you save lots of gas in the long-run. Use apps like AAA Triptik or GasBuddy on a smartphone device to find the cheapest gas prices near you and less congested travel routes. Both of these tools will help you save a lot of money in the long-run.
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