During these difficult times, everyone is searching for ways to save money. Before you reach the pump, you need to be smart on how to save on fuel, and you can have a bit more in your wallet for other needs. Of course, this is not a time to spend all you have hoping for more cash to stream in from different sources. Saving money on gas requires a lot of effort.
The Time you Purchase Gas
You can save on gas, simply by the time that you purchase it. Ideally, you should drive to the pump early in the morning or later in the day. This is the time that it is denser and cooler, and you get more of it. The density of gas falls as the temperatures rise, and you get less.
Short Warm-Ups and Idling
Unless you have an old truck from your old man, you don’t need to warm up the engine for more than 1 minute. The current engines in modern cars do not require extensive warm-ups. Half a minute to one minute is sufficient. Plus, you will reduce greenhouse gases and fuel when you warm up for short periods.
Idling when waiting for the traffic lights or at railway crossings is another gas waster and a source of pollutants. Consider switching off the engine and exercising some patience.
Drive Steady and Smoothly
We understand that driving fast is enjoyable, but it is also one of the surest ways to increase fuel consumption through drag. Drive smoothly and just below the speed limit achieve fuel efficiency, fighting the urge to accelerate quickly.
Don’t brake excessively as it wears the brake pads and wastes more gas. Maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front, and you may not need to brake as often. A little bit of discipline and patience goes a long way in helping you save on gas.