Your used car and its gas mileage -- helpful hints

By: Paigebennett
With gas prices shooting through the roof, there's no better time than now to explore different ways to save some money on gas. Just keep on reading if you want simple, cost-efficient ways to use less gas. These tips will keep your pockets happy and your gas tank full! They might even help you save a little extra money for that vacation you've been dreaming about.

Get routine check ups done:

Your vehicle will use a lot more gas if you fail to take it in for regular maintenance checks. Regular tune-ups will help your car perform at its highest level, which in turn will reduce the usage of gas. One thing that's important to check is your car's air filter. A dirty filter can really have a negative impact on the performance and fuel efficiency of your vehicle and should be changed as specified in the owner's manual you got when you purchased the car. Buying a new air filter won't do much damage to your wallet because they are generally very inexpensive. It is also very important to get routine oil changes and monitor the tire pressure on your car to help get the best gas mileage possible.

Buy a "sipper," not a "slurper":

If you want to save some money, there's no better way than to buy a vehicle that gets great gas mileage. This may not be a possibility at the time, but it's something to consider when you're in the market for a vehicle. If you don't like the look of hybrid vehicles there are many other fuel-efficient cars to choose from that will fit your style and won't break you. It all depends on the amount you're looking to save and what kind of car you're interested in buying!

Search for the best gas prices:

You can search the web for stations that are selling the cheapest gas or talk to people who live near you about where they're purchasing their gas. It is a waste of time and money to drive all over town looking for places that are selling cheap gas. You will lose more money searching for cheap gas stations than you would filling up at one that is nearby. Find out which gas stations are nearest to you and which ones are charging the least for gas. If you have a membership to a wholesale store like Costco or Sam's Club, you should plan on filling your tank there if it near your home. Gas prices can be up to $0.10 cents less at those places!

Behave yourself when you drive:

The way you drive can have the biggest effect on your gas mileage. If you drive at a constant speed and accelerate slowly you will use less gas. You can also save by braking sooner and giving yourself a longer distance to slow down before you come to an immediate stop. At fueleconomy.com they explain: "You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.30 per gallon for gas." So slow down and set your cruise control!

Always obey the rules at the pump:

Always use the correct gasoline that your car requires for the best performance. If your car requires regular gasoline, using premium will not improve performance. You can get away with using regular in some premium tanks to save money, but this could lower performance levels and you should always check your owner's manual before you switch gasoline types. Listen to the instructions at every fuel pump and don't top off your tank - this can lead to overfilling and wasted gasoline! When you pay for your gas you should use a specific gas station credit card to save a couple of cents a gallon, as long as you won't forget to pay it off. Finally, don't forget to tighten your gas cap before you leave the station! You could end up wasting a lot of the gas you just put in your tank if your cap is loose.

Get out that old bike from the garage:

Fuel prices are way too high and if you can avoid driving, then you should. Try walking or riding a bike to nearby locations. If you need to go further, you should consider carpooling or riding the bus. You will be helping the environment while you save on gas and your hard-earned money. When you need to drive your car, always plan ahead of time and do all of your errands in one trip.
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