Chances are if you’re living in Southern California you own a car and you drive…a lot…and you don’t have the option not to drive to locations around the city.
While driving to and from your destinations daily takes a toll on your wallet (especially with gas prices shooting past $4), there’s a few wise ways to stretch your gas usage, and consequently, stretch your savings.
1. Combine Errands: The easiest way to reduce your gas usage (and even stress) is to combine multiple errands into a single, shop till you drop day every week or even just once a month. Plan accordingly to what errands you need to run, whether it be for groceries, picking up dry cleaning, buying gifts, etc. and get it all done in one day. Make lists of everything you need to accomplish so you don’t forget something along the way.
2. Keep the Speed Limit: According to an Edmunds.com survey, speed demons end up wasting more gas mileage when driving over the speed limit, as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on surface streets. And really, is driving faster than the limit worth the risk of a steep $200 or more speeding ticket? You could buy a lot of gas with that money.
3. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated: This tip has been battled back and forth, but according to the Dept. of Energy, keeping your tires inflated to the optimal pressure in your owner’s manual could save a lot in gas mileage.
4. Turn Off Your A/C: Yet another conflicting tip we’ve all heard over the years…does the A/C have any effect on the gas mileage? Turns out it does. According to Consumer Reports, one experiment showed that driving 65 mph with the A/C on reduced gas mileage 3%, but there’s still debate on whether driving with your windows down causes drag and bad fuel efficiency.
5. Fill Your Tank Wisely: By keeping your tank filled efficiently you’ll save both time and money on trips to the station. Don’t wait until your tank dips almost to the empty mark, fill up when it gets down to a quarter tank and your won’t be spending as much. Plus, with new smartphone apps available, you can find the cheapest gas prices in your area!
For more money-saving tips, check out all our Tight String Tuesday features!
[Source: Wallet Pop]