199ride’s Five Simple Ways to Save Money on Gas
Wouldn’t it be great to spend less time at the gas pump and save more than 20% on fuel costs? It’s achievable and it’s easier than you think! That’s why 199ride put together these five simple steps, so you can save gallons of gas, trips to the gas station and money in your wallet.
1. Decrease Your Speed, Increase Your Savings
You may find yourself stepping on the gas each morning as you race against the clock on your way to work, but trying to save an extra five minutes on the road can actually cost you up to 20% more in fuel prices. Instead, you should accelerate gradually and drive the speed limit, as this can lower your gas mileage by as much as 22% on the highway and 5% on city streets.
It’s easy to think that reducing your speed by 5 mph isn’t really going to save your car from guzzling gas, but think again. Drivers who maintain a steady speed and refrain from aggressive driving can save an estimated $0.20 per gallon. With the average driver buying 11 gallons of gas a week, that’s an extra $2.20 you’ve got in your pocket each week.
On the other hand, the faster you drive, the more you’re going to end up spending at the gas pumps annually. In fact, every 5 miles over 50 mph you drive is going to cost you an additional $0.16 per gallon on gasoline.
2. Organize a Route Plan
Depending on the size of your family and your daily activities, it can be difficult to narrow your daily errands down to one trip; however, consolidating your stops around town can not only save you time in the car, but can decrease your fuel consumption by up to 20%.
If your family has multiple vehicles, opt for the one with better mileage and more fuel efficiency next time you head to town.
Click here to calculate how much you could save in gasoline by consolidating your trips.
3. Test Your Tires for Proper Inflation
You may not know it, but speed and distance aren’t the only factors that affect your car’s fuel efficiency. In fact, the condition of your tires can play a significant part in the amount and rate your vehicle is using gas. You should check your tire’s pressure once a month, and pay special attention to them in winter when there tends to be drastic temperature drops.
By having your tires inflated to the proper pressure, you can expect to see a 3.3% improvement in your vehicle’s gas consumption.
4. Drive Longer For Less with Clean Air Filters
Surprisingly, you can save as much as 10% on your car’s gas mileage simply by replacing a clogged air filter. That’s because when air mixes with gasoline in the right proportions, it actually creates the spark that propels your car. A dirty filter restricts the amount of airflow the engine receives, causing the engine to work harder and use more fuel to continue running efficiently.
By increasing air intake, you’re improving your car’s overall performance as well.
5. Idle Less, Earn More
If you’re like the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin drivers getting ready for another cold commute in the winter months, you’re probably guilty of this offense and you may not even know it! On top of contributing to pollution, long warm-ups and idling your car for long periods of time can cost you a great deal of money.
Contrary to the age-old myth, restarting your car is not any more of a gas guzzler than leaving it to idle. In fact, just 10 seconds of idling burns more gas than restarting the engine.
One sure way to conserve your gas spending is to upgrade your older vehicle to a newer, more fuel-efficient model. Visit us at one of our 199ride dealerships in Appleton, Green Bay, Wausau, and Antigo, or call (800) 500-1133 to learn more about how you can drive your way to better savings today!