Easy Steps To Save Money At The Gas Pump

By: Brenda Cyr

Gas prices are hitting disgustingly high since the hurricanes and war started, and most of us can't afford it. This article will help you decrease your visits to the pump and at the same time help the environment. Three basic approaches that you can take are working with the car you have, buying a different vehicle and using somebody else's vehicle. Here are a few tips:

&bull Use a sunshade. A cooler car needs less air conditioning.
&bull Park in the shade when it's warm.
&bull Clear your car of junk. Extra weight uses extra gas.
&bull Don't use premium fuels unless your car really requires them.
&bull Don't top off your tank. The excess is lost anyways.
&bull In winter, you should use a block heater to pre-warm your engine.
&bull Try to avoid rush hour.
&bull Get an update before you leave to avoid sitting in traffic:
&bull Don't pump the gas pedal before starting your car.
&bull Make sure that your parking brake is completely released.
&bull Don't floor it,....ever
&bull Brake slowly wherever possible.
&bull Don't ride the brake.
&bull Keep your tires properly inflated. Check them every 2 weeks.

When it comes to regular maintenance of your car that can save you a lot of money at the gas pumps too. Following the recommended maintenance schedule for your car will save you money. If you don't have a manual, contact your local car dealer to get one. Let's see these tips now.

&bull Rotate your tires on a regular basis
&bull Replace worn tires.
&bull Get regular tune-ups.
&bull Get regular oil changes according to your owner's manual.
&bull Check your air and fuel filters as well.
&bull Make sure your gas cap fits tightly.
&bull Keep your transmission fluid at the proper level.
&bull See a mechanic if you see that smoke is coming from your tailpipe.
&bull Keep all fluids topped up
&bull Ensure that your cooling system thermostat is working properly.
&bull Fix your transmission immediately
&bull get emissions tests once a year
&bull make sure that your exhaust system is clean and working properly
&bull keep your muffler up to par

All of the tips mentioned above will really save money. As you can see saving money on gas is not as hard as you may think it is. With the constantly rising price at the pump, it's important to save every drop of gas that you can.

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