1. Fill up with a lower-octane gasoline – You should buy the lowest grade or octane of gasoline that is appropriate for your vehicle because unless your car or truck requires premium gasoline, filling up with high-octane fuel is a waste of money. Most manufacturers recommend using the lowest grade of gasoline anyway so you should follow their advice and don’t buy into the myth that premium gasoline will increase your vehicles performance.
2. Don’t top off your tank when filling up – Many people love doing this because they think topping off will give them a little more gas for their money when in reality the extra gas will only seep out of their gas tanks.
3. Tighten up your gas cap – Gas will evaporate from your car’s gas tank if it has a way to escape. A recent study from the Car Care Council showed that loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year. You also might want to consider buying a new gas cap at lest once during the lifetime of your car because if your gas cap is old and cracked that should be a sign that it’s time to replace it. It’s also good to have a locking gas cap too just in case if you live in an area where you should have it locked.
4. Start using your garage – Many people these days are only using their garages for storage instead of using them for their vehicles. If you start using your garage to park your car or truck it will keep your vehicle warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This will also help you to not use your air conditioner and defroster as much and save you money each year.
5. Park your vechicle in the shade during the summer – It’s important to park your car in the shade during the summer because from a practical standpoint it’s not good to let your car become like a sauna. This is bad for your car and will also cause your gas to evaporate quicker. If you can’t always avoid the heat of summer you should consider getting your windows tinted and also purchasing a good quality sun shade will help your vehicle as well.
6. Keep your tries pumped up – Many people neglect to do this step and are losing gas mileage every month without even knowing it. You should check the air in your tires at least once a month if possible. An easy way to remember to check your tire pressure is to buy a tire gauge and keep it in your glove box that way you can check your tire pressure anytime you want. Another easy way to remember to check your tire pressure is to get in the habit of checking tire pressure every time you wash your car. If you get in the habit of doing this, simple vehicle maintenance won’t be a problem for you.
7. Get a tune up at least once per year – Having worn spark plugs have been proven to decrease gas mileage and effect a vehicles performance. If you keep your vehicle on a schedule and get a tune up at least once per year you will help your vehicle to last longer and greatly improve your gas mileage. Try and find a reliable, trustworthy mechanic in your area because most mechanics will mail you reminder cards every year when your next tune up is due so you won’t forget.
8. Get an oil change every 3,000 miles – This should be another step that becomes like ‘clock work’ especially if you consistently monitor the mileage on your vehicle. If you get the oil changed every 3,000 miles this will also increase your gas mileage and improve your vehicles performance. Be sure to use the right oil in your vehicle, most cars and trucks don’t require anything more than 10W 30 motor oil. If you have an older vehicle you might want to consider using a synthetic blend of motor oil because synthetic blends are excellent at pro-longing the life of your engine.
9. Change your air filter regularly – Dirty air filters are another thing that can decrease gas mileage and effect the performance of your vehicle. An easy way to remember to change your air filter is to change it every time you get your oil changed. You might want to consider buying a high performance air filter that only requires cleaning and oiling. This will save you money every year on vehicle maintenance and help your auto to last longer.
10. Rotate and balance your tires – Another way to save money on gas is to rotate and balance your tires at least every 3,000 miles. Many tire packages include free tire rotation and balance so why not take advantage of this? A lot of people reading this wait to long to get their tires maintained and only start to think about their tires at the very last minute when their tires are going bald or wearing badly due to lack of rotation and balance. An easy way to remember to rotate and balance your tires is to get this done every time you have your oil changed. This strategy has always worked well for me and enabled me to keep my tires lasting longer and saved me money.
To learn more ways to save money on gas or to get an affordable car insurance quote, contact the Farnsworth Agency today by calling us at (541) 318-8835.