In our previous posts, we’ve taught you how to search for the best replacement car parts such as radiators, mufflers and leafsprings in order to save up on money and splurge on quality. But even with our tips, spiking gas prices can surely make you rethink your motoring expenses. The more that gas prices shoot up, the more we need to reduce our fuel consumption to keep our money from slipping through our hands unnecessarily.
Let’s face it, we can’t really walk to and from our destinations all the time, so we’re bound to use our cars almost every day. However, there are many simple ways to save up on gas – we usually overlook these but the savings that you’ll get from doing the legwork may just surprise you.
- Reduce time in warming up the engine. Warming up the car for more than five minutes before hitting the road is unnecessary. A good 30 to 45 seconds should be enough.
- Steer clear of idling. Leaving your car idle with the engine running for more than 30 seconds is not only a good way to burn gas; it’s also a fantastic way to cause pollution. Turn off the engine if you’re going to wait in your car for a minute or more.
- Avoid jackrabbit starts and stops. Driving a car forward or backward very abruptly does not only make an earsplitting tire screech. Jackrabbit’s only good if you’re a race car driver because it heats up the tires. But if you’re an everyday motorist, it’s not practical as it burns up fuel rather quickly.
- Slow down. Driving too fast intensifies your car’s drag, which also increases your fuel consumption. Slowing down will prevent you from hitting the brakes too often when the vehicle you’re tailgating suddenly stops. By the way, tailgating is not good for fuel economy either. According to The Daily Green, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7% with every 5 mph drop in highway speed.
- Get your feet off the brakes. Driving with your feet constantly on the brake pedal can increase gas utilization as much as 35%. It also wears down your pedals quickly. Drive steadily and surely so you don’t have to hit the brakes very often.
- Check tire pressure. Deflated tires increase fuel inefficiency by 1% for every 2 PSI under maximum pressure.
- Align your tires. Poorly aligned tires wear out more quickly. They also make the engine work doubly hard.
- Lighten up the car load. You burn 2% more gas with every 100 pounds you lug around. Take out the unnecessary stuff from the car trunk for better fuel economy. The stuff you put on the roof increases the wind resistance of your vehicle, which means that your car needs to burn more gasoline.
- Give your car a tune up. Regular car tune ups can increase mileage by 4%. It may require you to spend a few bucks on maintenance, but that’s nothing compared to the savings you’ll get when your car’s in good working condition.
- Trim down your AC use. In a tropical country like the Philippines, this could pose difficulty for many. But this further improves mileage as the compressor for the AC makes the engine work harder. Park your car under a shade, so that you don’t have to spend fuel cooling your car interior when you need to drive.
If possible, try car pooling to split your gas bill into half or maybe even more. This isn’t only good for your pocket, it helps the environment too.