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How to Save on Gas

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 7 20

How to save on gas, or stop wasting gasoline, even when gas prices are reasonable. One of the biggest stipulations of the green movement is conserving fuel, which includes saving on gas for cars. But what to do if you own an SUV, or a non-electric car like the rest of us? Luckily, there still are some ways to go about Saving on Gas, even with a fuel heavy car.

Things You Will Need

a vehicle

a desire to save money on gas


Step 1

Avoid going over the speed limit. Going over the speed limit can increase resistance, and going just 65 mph cause you to lose 21% more fuel economy than going 55 mph, and inhibit your ability to Save on Gas.


Step 2

Think for the weather. When it's warm outside, replace snow tires with regular tires - they take some of your fuel economy, making it harder to Save on Gas bills.

Step 3

Avoid excessive idling to Save on Gas. Yes, a warmed up car feels better in the mornings in the winter. But idling for one minute wastes the equivalent gasoline of one car start, so cut down on your idling time while being gas conscious.


Step 4

Change your route to larger stretches of open road, rather than tight turns. Less stops and starts means wasting less gasoline, and Saving on Gas.

Step 5

Drive on empty. Don't fill you tank over the click mark, as gas can slosh and be wasted. Don't fill up your tank as soon as you see a quarter gone. A full tank of gas is heavy; you can Save more Gas more when driving on an empty tank.

Step 6

Don't carry heavy items when trying to Save on Gas. Carry heavy, bulky items only when necessary, and remove them from your car as soon as you can. More in your car means the less fuel mileage you'll get.

Step 7

Choose the more expensive gasoline. Even though it seems like all types of gas are made equal, they're not. Certain gasses, such as Shell gasoline, are more expensive, but provide better fuel economy to help you to Save on Gas.

Step 8

Exchange your gas guzzler for smaller, or newer car, even if it's not a fuel saving hybrid. Everyone knows at this point that smaller cars waste less gas, and are cheaper in the long run. The cash for clunkers program may be over with, but you can still invest in the environment and your fuel mileage on your own, to Save on Gasoline in your vehicle.


Saving money on gas, even when gas prices are reasonable is easy if you have the desire to do so, and the ability to plan your route accordingly to save gas. These are only a few ways to save gas, see how many ways you and your family can think of to save gas in these changing times of fuel economy.

Tips & Warnings

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Comments

Apr 20, 2010 2:00pm
Travis_Aitch
Nice tips. The only problem with driving on empty all the time is the fact that you could damage your fuel injectors in the long run and in turn lose out on gas mileage. Driving on empty all the time will increase the chances of dirt, soot, or any other particles lying in your gas tank to be forced through your system and may damage your fuel injectors. Most experts say not to let your tank get below the 1/4 mark whenever possible. I don't know how true these claims are but I have heard them numerous times and they make sense to me.

I also think using cruise control kills a little more gas mileage than necessary especially if you drive on a hilly road. Also keeping your tires properly inflated. These are all great tips though. Everyone wants to save on gas. I personally just don't even pay attention to the prices...ever. I probably couldn't get within 20 cents of the actual price right now cuz it's been so long since I looked lol
Apr 20, 2010 2:07pm
Squarix
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment Travis, it is very much appreciated. I had no idea about letting your gas tank go empty could damage your car. I only knew that in the winter it could freeze and cause damage. Thank you for your insight! :)
Apr 21, 2010 1:44am
Travis_Aitch
No problem! You are definitely right about how it makes your car weigh less though. I never even thought about that. For the record, I always have my tank near E because I'm always broke lol. I haven't noticed anything horrible yet :-)
Jul 12, 2010 4:14pm
cardonationtax
Yeah, don't play the drive near to empty game. Not worth it. Good article. Also, don't use air if your have to and put the windows up. Keep tires inflated and keep your air filter clean..
Apr 20, 2010 8:54pm
freedomw
I didn't know about tip #5. I better remember to fill it up all the way. As for driving on empty, I guess it's best to drive when have 1/4 to 3/4 (actually more) of gas.
Apr 21, 2010 6:08am
Sapphire
This is an informative article on how to save gas and I definitely agree with steps 4,6,and 7 as I mostly do these things. However, step 5 sounds a little scary for me coz I once had an experience driving a car to almost E and not filling it up right away thinking it may still arrive to my destination. Unfornunately, I run out of gas before reaching the place so I got stucked in the middle of the road. Thank God my brother immediately came to my rescue before dark. After that, I can't drive with even an "almost empty" tank anymore! :-))
Apr 22, 2010 12:43pm
Infowriter
These are very good tips on how to Save on Gas. Thanks for sharing, 5* plus recommendation!
Apr 23, 2010 5:42pm
visitmaniac
Saving gas is always important and I try to do so every where I go and plan ahead my trip. Gas is always going to remain pretty expensive anymore plus just the overall damage it does to our environment. Play it smart!
Apr 24, 2010 12:24pm
Victoria_Trix
Saving on gas is very important and these are great tips. THanks!
Jul 12, 2010 7:35am
HealthFitnessTips
Great ideas for those keeping fuel efficiency in mind! #1 is especially good! My car personally get a great deal better gas mileage when driving 60 mph instead of 70 mph. One positive incentive do drive slow (in addition to the fact that you won't get a ticket if you aren't speeding)! Well written.
Aug 24, 2010 1:56am
Philtrate
Great article. There are three drivers using my car. When I drive it I get 54 mpg. When my partner drives it she gets 48 and whenthe daughter drives it she gets about 35. It's alll to do with how heavy your right foot is
Sep 4, 2010 1:26pm
RobertCh
Sometimes is hard to follow, but great tips.
Sep 4, 2010 5:25pm
ZackProser
Saving on gas is more important than ever. Great article and grats on the front page!
Sep 30, 2010 7:05pm
AJWalton
Great article. Another thing we rarely think about is breaking speed. We know that quick acceleration drains your fuel tank, but so too does quick deceleration.
Oct 14, 2010 6:56am
dustinlabarge
Definitely wrong about driving on empty. A gallon is 8 pounds and the average gas tank around 17 gallons, which makes 136 pounds total weight. This is less than 5% of the weight of most vehicles and is a drop in the bucket; even if there was a small mpg gain, it would immediately be lost and reversed by a large degree with the excessive trips to the gas station. Driving on empty is an urban legend!
Oct 12, 2011 10:33am
webspider20
I make it a rule to never carry a full car load. I do this to save on gas mostly and it has really worked out. With a little less weight my car can go further on the same tank of gas.
Jul 28, 2012 9:18am
nyclifestyle1
Great ideas for those keeping fuel efficiency in mind! #1 is especially good! My car personally get a great deal better gas mileage when driving 60 mph instead of 70 mph. One positive incentive do drive slow (in addition to the fact that you won't get a ticket if you aren't speeding)! Well written. Arturo Montenora
Sep 5, 2012 2:47pm
skepticf
Step 7 could be misinterpreted, choosing higher quality gas will save you in the long run, but more expensive is not always higher quality. Higher octane gas won't necessarily save you money if your car won't utilize it, so putting 92 in when your car's manual calls for 87 is just wasting money. On the flip side, putting 87 in when you should be using higher octane fuels could reduce fuel economy by causing the engine computer to retard the timing to avoid knock.

Higher quality gas does help though by keeping your engine internals cleaner. Check out toptiergas.com for more info. Cheaper gas has lower levels of detergents and will gunk up your engine faster than top tier gas.

Ethanol in the gas will also affect fuel economy, 10% ethanol blends contain less energy per gallon than pure gasoline, so unless the ethanol free gas is more expensive you should stick with it.

Buying a more fuel efficient car to save money also does not always make sense. Believe it or not, fuel is not always the primary cost of operating a car. I'm working on an article regarding this right now.

Overall some good tips, drive slow and avoid unnecessary weight in the car.

You should also add combining multiple errands. The best way to save money on gas is driving less.
Sep 5, 2012 2:47pm
skepticf
Step 7 could be misinterpreted, choosing higher quality gas will save you in the long run, but more expensive is not always higher quality. Higher octane gas won't necessarily save you money if your car won't utilize it, so putting 92 in when your car's manual calls for 87 is just wasting money. On the flip side, putting 87 in when you should be using higher octane fuels could reduce fuel economy by causing the engine computer to retard the timing to avoid knock.

Higher quality gas does help though by keeping your engine internals cleaner. Check out toptiergas.com for more info. Cheaper gas has lower levels of detergents and will gunk up your engine faster than top tier gas.

Ethanol in the gas will also affect fuel economy, 10% ethanol blends contain less energy per gallon than pure gasoline, so unless the ethanol free gas is more expensive you should stick with it.

Buying a more fuel efficient car to save money also does not always make sense. Believe it or not, fuel is not always the primary cost of operating a car. I'm working on an article regarding this right now.

Overall some good tips, drive slow and avoid unnecessary weight in the car.

You should also add combining multiple errands. The best way to save money on gas is driving less.
Jun 17, 2013 2:37pm
WeKnowaPlace
Nice article....I thought of the stopping and going of filling up your car 4 times if you always run on 1/4 tank ... VERSUS ... the weight of the fuel and not stopping so many times. How much could I save in my 2008 Honda Civic?
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