Since we may never see cheap gas again, here are a few suggestions to save some gas money.
1) Brake and Accelerate slowly/gradually (situation permitting, of course!). Quickly braking and accelerating frequently can consume up to 20 to 25% of each tank of gas.
2) Replace your fuel filter. If it’s not in tune, it probably suffering from a clogged fuel filter which gasoline is circulated through many times before being burned. Improving your engine efficiency will save money in fuel costs.
3) Purchase fuel during the coolest part of the day (I usually choose to do this in the morning). All liquids expand with heat and gas is sold by volume. Getting gas during the ‘cool’ hours of the day will give you more fuel for your money.
4) Purchase a smaller car (or buy a hybrid!). Smaller cars can weigh about half as much as the larger cars. The weight of your car (and total weight of items in your car) will have an effect on your gas mileage.
5) Don’t open your windows at high speeds. Doing so will create additional drag and reduce fuel efficiency by 10%. Alternatives? Use the cars ventilation system or air conditioning. Running the A/C is actually more effective at high speeds than rolling the windows down. At slow speeds, opt to roll the windows down.
6) There is no need to warm up your car. Idling your car for longer than 30 seconds is much longer than needed, especially with the newer vehicles out there. It’s more efficient to turn off your car and turn it back on than let it idle for 45 seconds.