Since the increase in fuel prices show no signs of letting up, you need to think of ways to improve your gas mileage. A lot of people have already solved their problem by trading in their gas guzzling cars for models that are more efficient or even hybrids. Unfortunately for people like us, the reason we suffer so much from gas prices is because we don't have a lot of money to spend on gas, which means buying a new car is completely out of the question. Here's what you can do to maximize your car's fuel consumption instead:
Keep Your Car In Tip-Top Shape
It's common knowledge among car owners that a poorly tuned car will eat more gas because it will be inefficient. But sometimes even things as simple as making sure that your tires are inflated according to the manufacturer's recommendation or ensuring that the wheels are properly aligned will do wonders for your fuel consumption.
Maintain Consistent Speeds When Driving
Irregular speeds and frequent acceleration or deceleration eats up a lot of gas, since the engine expends more gas in sudden bursts due to the frequent shift in demand for power. You can use the car's cruise control if it has one, and you can drive a little bit slower if you're not in a hurry, just make sure you don't hit the minimum speed limit.
Turn The Engines Off If the Situation Permits It
This has limited uses, but it's the perfect silver lining as it's very effective during heavy traffic jams. Instead of spending the 10 or 15 minutes you're stuck in traffic with the engines on and revving it like crazy, why not turn it off and save a little bit of that gas. Just make sure you avoid actually turning the engine off and on several times during traffic jams, as the engine will actually require more fuel during the startup.
Try to Minimize AC Use
The air condition is one of the biggest gas guzzling components in your car, and it doesn't even have anything to do with making your car move. So if the client permits it, like it's not very sunny and you're not driving through a particularly dusty area, you can crack the windows a little bit and just let nature handle your cooling concerns. This has the benefit of saving on gas and car battery at the same time (since the AC can shift between the two sources).
Don't keep things in the trunk if you don't need them, as a heavy car will be less aerodynamic and the drag will make it consume more fuel. An exception should be made for emergency kits and spare tires, since it's important that you have access to them even if you don't end up requiring their use.
Don't Use The Car When You Don't Need To
Last but not the least, don't use the car if you don't really need to. If you're only going to a place that can be reached in with a 5-10 minute walk, and the neighborhood is not dangerous, you can just walk. Not only will you save on gas, you also get some much needed exercise. Alternatively, you can minimize your daily nighttime jaunts and use the free time for more productive activities - like writing articles for infobarrel.