While gas prices are slowly falling down to a more bearable price, the high cost of gas is still playing havoc in the pockets of the American public.
Two of the most obvious ways to cut gas consumption are to combine trips and carpool. But there are other ways consumers can save money on gas.
- Use a dashboard window sun cover to help keep the sun's rays out of your vehicle. These are fairly inexpensive (about $15). Leave your windows cracked just a tiny amount to allow some air flow in the vehicle. When you crank up on a heated summer day, the air conditioner will not have to run as hard to cool the vehicle, thus saving gas.
- If you are in the market for a new car, consider purchasing a hybrid such as a Honda or a Toyota. These types of autos are more environmentally friendly and get great gas mileage. If you travel a lot, such as to work or traveling, a fuel efficient hybrid auto can save you a lot of gas money every year.
- Avoid driving during rush hour. Starting and stopping uses more gas than driving at a steady speed. When on the open road, use the cruise control to allow your auto to maintain a steady speed.
- If possible, don't make trips during the hottest part of the day in the summer. Driving during the hottest part of the day causes the air conditioner to be run more, thereby causing the need for more gas usage. Make trips early in the morning or later in the evening.
- Keep your vehicle's tires properly maintained. Tires that are do not contain enough air will cause your auto to use more gas. It's a good idea to check the air pressure on your tires about once a month, particularly if you drive daily. Check your tires before traveling, when the auto has not been driven for a few hours. Rotate your tires regularly, and be sure to have your vehicle checked for proper alignment by a mechanic.
- Unload your auto! Avoid keeping items in your auto that you don't need in it. Unnecessary weight causes more gas consumption. The heavier the vehicle is, the more it takes to move it, thus costing more in gas. Hauling items in your auto and using it for a storage container only adds to your gas bill.
- Change the air filter and fuel filter regularly. Changing the oil and checking the transmission fluid are also good choices for keeping your vehicle running smoothly and helping to save money on gas.
- Don't buy gas when the gas tanker truck has freshly filled the reserve tanks. When the tanks are freshly refilled, any sediment in the tank is flushed throughout the entire tank of gas, and some of that sediment is sure to find its way into your auto tank. Use another gas store or wait a few hours to refuel, allowing time for the sediment to filter back down to the bottom of the tank.
- Fill your tank before major holidays and the first of the month. Gas prices in some areas are higher during the holiday season and on the first through the third of the month.