With gas being slightly less cheap than at the beginning of this summer, many of us are getting used to spending more on fuel. While we certainly can’t do anything to bring gas prices back down, you can improve your fuel economy by following some fairly simple tips.
- Always keep your tires inflated to the recommended pressure.
- Make sure your fluids (coolants, oil, etc.) are at an adequate level.
- Never tailgate in traffic. Instead, allow several car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you so you can coast into a stop.
- Try to keep your highest speed at around 60 mph.
- Take anything out of the trunk that you don’t need. AAA says you save two percent fuel economy for every 100 pounds removed.
- Avoid drive-throughs. Instead, just park and walk into the store.
- Make sure you turn your engine off if you’re parked and waiting outside of the kids’ school or a friend’s house.
- Check your local supermarkets for frequent shopping discounts that can be used at the gas pump.
- Shop around for the best gas prices but don’t go too far. You could waste any savings by traveling far for better prices.
- Consolidate your errands whenever possible to reduce the number of miles driven.
Although these tips may not create a drastic change, the small savings will quickly add up. For more tips to improve your fuel economy, be sure to see this article on Philly.com.