Getting the Most Gas Mileage For Your Money

May 26th, 2015 by

MY14_150AEven though gas prices are more reasonable this year than they have been in quite some time now, it is still important to every driver to get the most mileage out of each gallon of fuel that we buy. Especially with the summer months coming up, many people will likely be making plans to take road trips to places further away that require more money being spent on gas than normal. With that being said, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth with each distance that you go.

What are some of the ways to save money on gas?

In addition to keeping an eye on the market or installing apps on your phone with updated gas prices in the local area, there are certain things that you can do to your car to see each penny go a little further. It might not seem like a lot at first, but eventually over time you will begin to see the benefits of applying these practices to your everyday life.

?Always make sure that your tires have the correct amount of air in them. If they are running a little flat, you will notice that you are filling your tank a little more frequently than you have to.

?Be sure to change your oil every few months. The oil is essentially the blood of a vehicle, and if it has decent oil in it you will notice how much better it runs and that its efficiency will go up.

?When putting more gas in your tank, aim to do it in the early morning or in the evening. Especially if it is hot outside, the gas is more likely to be less dense during the middle of the day than it would be during the other times.

?Try not to overfill your tank up to the top. While it may seem like you are doing yourself a favor, cars with overfilled tanks tend to use up more initially and thus putting all your efforts to waste.

?If you can help it, avoid letting your car idle as much as possible. During the times that you are just sitting in a parking lot with the engine turned on you are still spending some of your fuel doing so and getting 0 miles per gallon doing it.

Overall, these few simple tactics will help you maximize the amount of mileage you get for your car. However if you have a smartphone, be sure to check out the gas price apps like “GasBuddy” to see where the cheapest gas station is near you.

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