It is apparent that fuel and gas prices are going up and while many are hoping for a change in trend, car owners all over the world would be wise to take alternative measures. Among them is to try and save on gas as much as you can and here are some tips that you can try out to survive these economic debacle and go on with your lives.
- Lighten up. Clever Dude points out that driving around a 40-pound bag of soil for three weeks is the equivalent of shuttling an extra (little) passenger, which requires more fuel.
- Carpool. Hitching a ride with neighbors or coworkers lets you make new friends while you conserve energy.
- Comparison shop. It works as well with gas as it does with shoes.
- Get sleeker. Roll up your windows and remove that luggage rack and you’ll improve your aerodynamics, suggests a blogger at Open Travel Info.
- Reward yourself. If you’re forced to pay big bucks at the pump, at least collect any available rebates. Gas rewards cards give users cash back and other incentives.
- Reduce horsepower. Getting a car with a four-cylinder engine doesn’t have to mean a big image sacrifice.
- Visit the mechanic. Replacing a clogged air filter for around $20 increases fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent, or about 37 cents per gallon at current gas prices (so it would pay for itself after you’ve driven enough to burn about 54 gallons of gas).
- Just coast. Here’s a real sign of desperation over gas prices: When you’re going downhill, moving slowly in traffic, or pulling into a parking space, the Money Kings recommend turning your engine completely off.
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