It’s getting into the Summer months and the price of gasoline has been hovering around $3.50 per gallon here in North Texas. I can’t complain, it’s much higher in the Western states ($4.40 in Hawaii). It’s still a beating on my wallet when I have to fill up my tank, though, and I’m always looking for good fuel saving tips without having to go buy a hybrid or electric vehicle. I’m just going to touch on 3 of the most effective tactics for releasing some of the strain on your wallet.
1. Slow Down, Speedy Gonzales
I realize that that’s not what you want to hear, but slowing down noticeably decreases your fuel consumption. There’s no need to go 80 on the highway or try to get to work as fast as possible. You’ll more than likely get there around the same time if you were to take your time and keep your foot off the gas.
2. Lighten Your Load
We know you like to carry your bowling ball in the trunk of your car, just in case someone challenges you. But if you think about it, when’s the last time you actually used it? If it’s been clunking around back there for a few weeks, it may be time to take it out and give it a rest. That’s 20 lbs of weight that the car is no longer having to spend gas on. Cleaning out your car of heavy, bulky items not only helps with your miles per gallon, it also makes your parents think that they didn’t raise a crazy person.
3. Don’t Drive
Easy as can be, right? If you can stay home all day and keep your car in the garage, then why go out? It’s the easiest and simplest way to keep gas in your tank and money in your pocket. If you start to go stir crazy, go for a walk instead of a drive.