Having a private car is the most popular and widespread means of transportation in our busy world. Unfortunately, it is not that cheap to keep cars and one of the main problems is gas. The prices for it grow rapidly so that it may harm your budget especially when you have to drive much every day. That is why we have nothing to do but economize gas and here are some tips on how to do it simply and effective.
1. Slow down
Driving at a high speed is fun and extreme but if you have a goal to save up gas – you`d better slow down. As you drop the speed for at least 10 kilometers per hour you will reduce the fuel consumption to 8%, if 15 – 16%. But of course you shouldn`t come to a snail`s pace, the minimum speed is fixed by the traffic laws and its violation first of all is dangerous for you, your passengers and the cars around you, and secondly it is punishable.
2. Take care of the tires
Everything in your car is connected and affects each other. So my advice for you is to better take care of the tires. Retire it regularly, watch the tire pressure and then you will not only be spending less fuel but also reduce wear and tear of your car on the whole. Remember how difficult it is to ride a bike with deflated tires? The same is with your car.
3. Easier with the brakes
Braking abruptly is no good. You should be very careful with that and move evenly because driving jerkily damages your car and of course negatively affects the gas consumption. To avoid this is very easy. Keep the right distance between you and the car in front, try to foresee the movement of other cars and of course be very attentive about what is going on at the road.
4. Check your air filter
If you have been thinking that replacing the air filter after each oil change is not necessary and been skipping it you should know that from now on you should do it. Having a new air filter can improve your gas mileage to 10%. You`d better consult a professional to know when the time has come to replace it. Sometimes the guys at the service stations may be just putting the lug on you, so you can consult your competent friend or somebody you can trust to.
5. Go straight
The weaving type of driving is both damaging to your car and dangerous for you. Of course it may shorten the time to get to your destination point but at the same time it makes the mileage suffer. When you drive smooth and safe you decrease the gas consumption which is actually our goal. So abandon the road rage and take about your car and yourself in the first place.
6. Make a good plan
You know that tomorrow will be a very busy day and you`ll need to go to so many places so that you`d better make a list or plan. On your way to work you can run into a few shops and it will be more convenient and closer than when you take your kids from school. Choose to go on the other end of the city avoiding rush hours and taking the roads with less road traffic and thus avoiding a stressful journey for you and your car.
7. Reduce the load
The more heavy things you keep in your car the more gas it consumes. So look through all the things you have in the cabin and in the trunk. I`m sure you`ll find many thing which you don`t need often or don`t need at all so that they`d better be left at home. Why overfilling your car without a decent reason?
8. Let your car rest
Did it happen to you that you or your passenger had to run into a store or something really quickly and you didn`t stop the engine? I think it is a common thing among busy drivers. You have to understand that you simply waste the fuel. And it must be taken into consideration that sometimes a quick run into a shop takes you more time than you have expected. So you`d better stop the engine and go on your errand not worrying for your engine working for no reason.
The prices for gas are not likely to drop in the nearest future so knowing how to economize may come in handy. These tips will help you take the most out of the gas you have in the tank and of course save some money. Do you have your personal tricks to save gas?