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How to Save Money on Gas - 5 Easy Ways to Save at the Pump

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Looking to save money on gas? Well, you are in luck. If you are tired of your monthly gas bill, then here is a list of some things that you can do to save money on gas and reduce your fuel consumption.

Check Tire Pressure. Be sure to check your tire pressure every few weeks. It is best to check them cold, so that you can get an accurate reading. They should be inflated to the specs that are noted in the owner's manual. Properly inflated tires will improve your gas mileage and help ensure that your tires don't wear out too quickly and thereby help you save money on gas. If you are getting air at a gas station you shouldn't necessarily rely on the pressure gauge, since they generally aren't maintained and can be inaccurate. It is best if you have your own gauge to ensure you are getting an accurate reading.

Make Sure Your Engine is Tuned. Make sure you get your car checked according the to the owner's manual. If your engine isn't tuned properly, it can have a negative impact on engine performance and overall fuel economy. Here are a couple of things you can do on your own.

Check your Battery. Batteries typically will last from 3 to 5 years. Some batteries have an indicator that will show you if the battery is charged and still good. An important thing to check is the battery terminals (the connections). Make sure these are clean and tightly connected to the battery.

Check you Air Filter. A dirty air filter can impact your fuel economy, so check it out. They can be located in different spots in different cars so check your owners manual. If it is dirty, they are usually inexpensive to replace and can save you money in the long run.

Avoid Idling. Other than sitting at a stoplight, it is usually a bad idea to idle if you are going to be stopped for anything longer than a few seconds. Sitting idle is not going to save you money on gas. Starting your car uses the gas equivalent of being idle for only 6 seconds, so if you are intending to idle for a few minutes you are better turning your car off and restarting when you need to move again.

Go to Cheapest Gas Station. Another way to save money on gas is to check out GasNearU or GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas station near you. Don't get too caught up in finding the cheapest station to save money on gas. A cheaper station a few miles down the road may cost you more gas to get there than the couple of cents you might save.

Buy the Cheapest Gas. Ok this one sort of goes without saying, everyone wants to purchase the cheapest gas, but a great way to save money on gas is to purchase the lowest octane. Check your driver's manual for the lowest recommended octane for your vehicle and don't buy anything above that. Buying higher octane won't have any meaningful impact on your car's performance and will only hurt your wallet.

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Feb 23, 2011 7:31pm
Tire pressure makes a huge difference. Great article!
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