Gasoline prices keep on rising, which is all the more reason to get the LOZO on how to save money on gas. Find tips for saving at the pump, improving gas mileage, and other strategies to cut your fuel costs.
If you're looking for other ways to save money on your car and auto-related expenses, check out our auto section.
- Spend less for more gas by buying early in the morning or late at night
Gas pumps measure gas in terms of volume, not density. So if you buy gas when it is most dense - which is during the coolest early morning & late evening times of day - you’ll get more bang for your buck.
- Save up to 25% on gas by tuning up your car
A poorly tuned vehicle is less efficient and wastes gas. Similarly, clogged air filters lead to poor air flow & dirty oil decreases performance – both of which worsen gas mileage. Keep your car running well and your fluids changed & replenished [...]
- Lighten the load, not your pocketbook - clean out the car and save money on gas
The heavier a vehicle is, the more gas it consumes. Clean out your car and relocate items to the garage that you don't need to transport regularly. This will make your car lighter to drive and will save you money on gas.
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- Save up to $50 per year by not topping off the tank
When the nozzle clicks off, stop filling. While it might be tempting to pump a little bit more to round up to the next dollar, doing so is a waste. The excess gas may overflow when it expands in the heat.
- Don’t waste time or gas money by sitting still to warm up your car
Letting a car warm up by idling is a waste of gas – a car gets zero miles per gallon sitting still. It will warm up equally fast while driving, and you will save more money by using the gas more efficiently. Remember that idling can actually waste [...]
- Driving 55mph is more than just following the speed limit – it is a money-saver, too
Speed limits are set for safety, but you can actually save gas by driving at these limits, too. Driving 55mph saves 21% in fuel economy over driving at 65mph or 70mph. In fact, every 10 miles per hour you drive over 60 equals an increase in fuel [...]
- For most cars, higher octane gas won’t hurt performance, but it will hurt your wallet
Most cars run perfectly well on regular octane gas. Check your owner’s manual to be sure of your vehicle's requirements, but in most cases the less expensive gas is fine and will net the same fuel efficiency.
- Properly inflated tires = better gas mileage
Check your tire pressure regularly. Over- or under-inflated tires make your car run less efficiently, resulting in lower gas mileage. In fact, every pound of under-inflation equals a 6% drop in fuel-efficiency. Find the recommended tire pressure for [...]
- Save hundreds of dollars each year by driving a smaller vehicle
SUVs and full-size cars consume huge quantities of gas. If you are a multi-car family, try to use the smaller car for most of the driving. If you are in the market for a new car, consider shopping for a smaller or hybrid vehicle. Any opportunity to [...]
- Plan your route ahead of time to save time and money on gas
Although it may seem simple, driving less uses less gas and costs less money. Find simple ways to limit driving – such as running all your errands at once. This will often reduce the number of miles you have to travel from home and a warmer engine [...]
- Save up to $350 per year on gas by driving a car with manual transmission
Manual transmission cars get up to four miles per gallon better fuel economy than automatic transmission cars, according to Consumer Reports. This can translate into a savings of $350 each year, based on driving an average of 15,000 miles.
- Coast through town to get the best gas mileage in the city
Rapid acceleration and braking not only causes wear and tear on a vehicle, but is also fuel inefficient. Instead, coast whenever possible after reaching your cruising speed, by taking your foot off the gas and letting the car's momentum move you [...]
- Use AC on the highway, lower the windows in town
Keep cool with air conditioning when driving on the highway, but lower the windows instead in the city to improve gas mileage & save money. Using air conditioning in stop-and-go city traffic wastes fuel and, therefore, money. But crank it [...]
- Cruise control to savings
Use cruise control on the highway to keep a steady pace – cars use less gas when traveling at a constant speed than when continually speeding up and slowing down. The exception to the rule, however, is in very hilly areas – cruise control is [...]
- Earn free cash by using credit cards that offer rebates on gas purchases
Some credit cards offer cash back on gas purchases, putting money back in your pocket for purchases you already have to make. Check out the user-maintained list of gas (and other rewards) cards at Fatwallet.com. As with any credit card, though, be [...]
- Don’t waste money driving around looking for gas that's just a few cents cheaper per gallon
Although it may seem like a good idea to search for the absolute cheapest price on gas, the process of driving around town to look for the best deal (or driving farther from your home to the station advertising the best price) usually ends up [...]
- Increase gas mileage by 10% by using steel-belted radial tires
Because of the improved gas mileage, drivers can save up to $130 per year by switching to these more efficient tires. Also consider fuel-efficient tires like the Michelin Energy LX4, or low-rolling-resistance tires, which are common in new cars. [...]
- Keep your car cool and your gas mileage high by shifting into neutral when idling
Sometimes, idling is inevitable. Let your engine cool, and get better gas mileage, by putting your car in neutral at long red lights, railroad crossings or while waiting for brief periods at the curb.
- Avoiding rush-hour traffic can save money (and sanity)
Driving in stop-and-go traffic is one of the biggest ways to waste gas – and traffic is consistently worst during rush hour times of day. Ask your boss if you can shift your hours to work either earlier or later than normal, thereby avoiding most [...]
- Forget about gas-saving gadgets
Many "gas-saving gadgets" (aka "fuel-saving devices") on the market can actually harm your car instead of making it more fuel-efficient. Be careful what you put in your car and do research on any new gadget before use – never rely on the [...]
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