Tips To help you Save Gas

With financial crises across the world people are tightening their belts and trying to save where and when they can. It is not always possible to cut back on certain things such as travelling and so forth. Everyone needs to travel to and from work, and even though the methods may vary, most people still use their own cars to travel. It is not possible to always leave your car at home safely parked in cozy parking wheel stops or behind a fold down parking post. Unfortunately we all have to pay for gas, whether it is for your own car or the bus you commute to work with, you pay. We will be looking at some handy tips that can help you save on gas.

It is no secret that cars such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid amongst others are the leaders in fuel efficiency and have set the trend for most other manufacturers. The Prius runs on 48 miles per gallon on the highway while the Civic Hybrid does a tidy 44 miles per gallon on the highway. If you would have to compare these stats to that of normal gas guzzling cars you would quickly see the difference.

So without further-a-do, here are those tips we promised:

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Check your tires

Ensuring that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure could save you a lot of money in the long run. The prescribed pressure for a car’s tires can normally be found on the inside of the driver’s door when the door is open. These details are not there for no reason and should be used if you wish to save on gas money.

Air conditioning and open windows

We all know about the big debate whether open windows or a switched on air conditioner has the biggest effect on fuel efficiency. We have a solid solution for this dilemma. When you are driving at high speeds it is better to use you air conditioner and close the windows. If you are just cruising through town or driving slower speeds, open windows won’t have a massive effect on your fuel usage.

Close the cap

Make sure that your fuel cap is securely closed so that no fuel can leak or evaporate causing you to lose money over longer periods of time. This may sound a bit pedantic, but if you want to save money on gas you are going to have to be serious about it.

Take it easy

Driving according to the speed limits and maintaining consistent speeds as far as possible will help you save a lot of gas. We all know that it’s not always possible to cruise the same speed the whole time when you are in traffic, but when you are on the highway it’s more than possible. Also try not to accelerate too sharply too often as this will also lead to higher fuel consumption. This means no more jumping of speed humps at high speeds.

Shed your load

Driving a car that’s heavily loaded will lead to higher fuel usage. If at all possible, remove any unnecessary clutter from your vehicle that will cause it to be lighter. In the end every little bit counts.

Waldo van den Berg is a petrol head but also believes in vehicle efficiency and obeying the rules of the road. He believes that doing so reduces unnecessary speed bumps.

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