Fuel Tips For Your Car
you're buying a new car, it's an obvious no brainer that
a large SUV vs. a fuel efficient sports car is going to
be less costly at the pump. Knowing how many miles per
gallon you can get will save you a lot of cash. The
difference between a car that gets 20 miles per gallon
vs. one that gets 30 can save you $550 a year. ($2,200
in four years) That might make for a decent vacation.
I'm sure you deserve one. Keep in mind similar compact
cars can still have a wide range from 21 mpg to 48 mpg.
Of course you want the highest number.
that add up
Ok, so you have a small Toyota, or you're already stuck
with a larger full size model/SUV, here are some
additional ways to save everyday.
---Clean out your trunk! Don't carry around those golf
clubs, or stroller. (I used to keep my real estate yard
signs in my trunk) Store it in the garage. Removing
excess weight from your vehicle can improve your gas
mileage. In fact, carrying around an extra 100 lbs. of
weight can cost you an additional 2 cents per gallon.
---Replace clogged air filters. This can save you
approx. 10%. Your car's air filter keeps impurities from
damaging the inside of your
engine. Not only will
replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect
your engine. This is especially true if you drive in the
city. Maintaining all the parts of your car are
essential for increasing your
---SLOW DOWN! Try to pay attention to the speed you pick
up while approaching a red light. We don't often
consider it while on the phone, or day dreaming. The
majority of drivers actually drive to the red light
keeping up with the flow of traffic. (When it's red,
roll) Why have a race to the light? The same applies in
bumper to bumper traffic and a line at a stop sign. It's
actually amazing how many people press on the gas pedal
to move a few feet in traffic. It's hard to remember
this, because we're set on auto pilot. I call this
getting "Nowhere fast." The less contact with that pedal
the better. It all adds up.
---Don't forget to keep your tires inflated to the right
pressure. Under- inflated tires can lower your gas
--- Find a buddy. Not only can driving to work be a
hassle, but it can be lonely too. So why not pair up
with a fellow commuter and share the cost? A 40 mile
total daily commute costs about $2,600 per year.
Ridesharing with one other person can save you $1,300.
Double the figure for an 80 mile total daily
It's something to think about even just a few days a
There are websites dedicated to gas prices. It may not
be a bad idea to check for the cheapest gas stations.
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