Get More Miles Per Gallon
Do you walk away from the gas pump feeling like you’ve been punched in the wallet? If so, you’re not alone. While you can’t wave a wand and lower gas prices, there are some things you can do to help reduce your fuel consumption. Check out these five tips to help you save some gas money.
- Proper Tire Inflation
You’ve probably heard it before. One of the best ways to maximize your car’s gas mileage is to make sure your tires are properly inflated. But what you may not realize is there isn’t one standard tire pressure. Check with your car’s manual to see what pounds per square inch (PSI) it recommends for tire pressure. Don’t worry if you don’t have the physical manual - a quick search online can usually turn up a digital version. But it’s important to note, that if you have aftermarket tires or different tires than your car came with, you may need to check the side of the tire for recommended inflation information.
- Eco Mode
Many modern automobiles come equipped with a form of “Eco Mode.” This setting is usually a computer-controlled adjustment that among other things, mainly lowers throttle response for slower, smoother acceleration. Get into the habit of turning it on every time you drive, especially if you drive through a lot of stop-and-go traffic. But don’t try to overcompensate by giving it more gas because your acceleration is slow. Otherwise, you’ll be undoing what the mode is trying to do. Ride slow and low!
- Change Your Air Filter
Every gasoline-powered car needs a mixture of air and fuel to power the engine. If the air intake filter is dirty or clogged, that’s less air available for the motor. Change your air filter if you haven’t recently. Or if you’re not confident doing it yourself, go to an auto parts store to purchase a new one and ask for help. Most of the popular chain auto stores have employees who will change your air filter for you.
- Reduce Your Car Rides
Do you live in an area with public transportation such as a bus, metro and/or train system? If you can get where you’re going by using public transit, you may find a bus pass is more affordable than a tank of gas. But be sure to learn routes and budget additional time to get where you need to go on time.
- E-Bikes and E-Scooters
If you’re in the routine of taking short trips alone such as a commute or to run small errands, you might consider whether an electronic bike or scooter might be worth adding to your mix of transportation. Scooters in particular have several advantages such as a lower cost of entry, they can usually be folded and carried into most buildings and elevators, and can be more easily stored than bikes. By contrast, bikes are more visible, handle terrain better and usually have better range. If you do use an e-bike or e-scooter, be sure to always wear proper safety gear and operate them safely.
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Sources: Federal Highway Administration, Consumer Reports