8 Fuel Efficient Driving Habits That Saves You Money On Gas
Paying for gas is one of the most frustrating expenses around. It is one of those things that you simply have to pay for like the electricity to get your LED television do what it is supposed to do. It’s like the utility bills you have to pay because you use water from the tap to make your daily morning coffee.
The difference is that petrol costs way more than those daily necessities. And the even more frustrating part is that you are using it for a car that depreciates like there is no tomorrow. Finance-wise, it is a bad investment, if you can even consider it one. To top it all off, often times, the gas you are paying for is used to run errands that do not directly concern you.
But if you have bitten the bullet and bought your own car anyway after overcoming the shocking terms on car loans while considering all the cost factors, you will never be able to get away from buying gas. The next best thing is to manage how much you actually spend on it. You bought a liability, but you can manage it like an investment.
1) Do your shopping
Don’t you just hate it when arrogant merchants sell their stuff at any price they want because they know you need to buy it? And the reason is always that oil prices are rising per barrel…
Well before you resign to that fate, here is some good news. Don’t assume that petrol prices are the same at all gas stations. In fact, it is seldom the case where 2 stations are selling at the same price. Just a few cents difference can mean huge numbers when you consider how many litres of petrol you are pumping. And you refill your tank at least once a week.
2) Get a smaller engine
The main reason why smaller cars eat up less petrol is because they run on smaller engines. I’m sure a big reason why you need a sports car is so that you can get to work faster. The counter effect is that you will spend more for each mile travelled compared to a smaller car with less engine power.
But if the statistics for miles per gallon is key to you, get a smaller car for better fuel economy. You can save hundreds of dollars each month just based on this.
3) Use the correct fuel
When the price of a lesser grade fuel is lower than a normal grade one, it is easy to go with your gut and buy the cheaper choice. But that does not necessarily mean that your vehicle is optimizing it’s fuel efficiency.
To know what type of gas is best used for your car, you have to read up the owner’s manual. Different engines and systems are designed to perform for different types of petrol. You could very well achieve a better mileage per litre by using a more expensive type of gas. But the end result is better fuel efficiency.
4) Pump up your tires
This is something that I never thought about. But after reading about it, it makes perfect sense. The more flaccid the tires, the less ground a wheel covers per revolution. In addition to that, your car requires more power to move forward and backwards with lesser grip on the road. That lesser grip is partly caused by how well they are inflated and pressurized.
The stock tires that come with your new car should have a guide on how much pressure is needed for your tires to work as it was designed to. If you have replaced your tires, remember to ask the seller what is the proper pressure to pump into them.
Anyway, if you are an avid driver, you will love the feeling of pumped tires. Yes, you can feel it.
5) Remove excess weight
It is common sense that the heavier your car is, the more power is require to move. The more power it is required, the more fuel it consumes. The problem is that we don’t always think about this aspect. But it doesn’t take a lot of effort to convince drivers of this. It is supposed to be implicitly understood.
Many of us treat our vehicles as our mobile workplace. We put stacks of documents inside so that we are able to access them anywhere we want. That can be a huge load on your car. And for sports enthusiasts, equipment are often left in the trunk all the time. Tennis rackets, football gear, sports equipment, golf clubs on loan, you name it.
Yes, your car can handle the weight with no problem. But it handles it by burning more fuel burning a hole in your pocket. Lighten up.
6) Combine your errands to make longer trips
Short trips prevent your engine from performing at it’s optimal level. That leads to higher fuel consumption. So instead of make a few small trips each week, you could see a huge improvement on fuel efficiency if you combine everything and only make 1 long trip each week. You will probably be more efficient by spending your time this way as well.
7) Don’t use your car as a rest place
The car is like a mobile private room that you bring with you everywhere you go. And so often we spend waiting time in it while putting the air-conditioner on full blast. It could be that you were early for an appointment and decided to stay in the car while waiting. Or your wife just went into a supermarket… and we know how long that can take.
The problem is that the air-conditioner eats up fuel like coca-cola. If you just do test, next time fill up your tank and drive without the air-conditioner until the next refill. You will find that you covered more mileage then before. Without doubt.
8) Use a slow pump
The faster the speed of petrol that is pumped into your fuel tank, the more of it evaporates into thin air. It might save you an extra 30 seconds by pumping at high pressure, but it’s going to cost you more money for less. Yes, that means that you did not get $80 worth of gas even though that is what you paid.
Next time when you get to a gas station and no attendant is helping you at the pump, go ahead and do it yourself while setting pump speed to the slowest setting. You are more likely to get what your money is worth.