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If you have been spending more than what you can afford on your gasoline consumption, you should better trim down the refills. There are many things that are more important than just gasoline, so it goes to show that your money shouldn't revolve on your gasoline bills alone.
Saving on gasoline won't necessarily mean commuting and using your car less often in the same way as not eating food just to save on groceries. That is simply not saving.
Saving on gas would mean maximizing the amount of gasoline you use, thus, giving you better gasoline mileage.
Moreover, with the pries of gasoline nowadays, saving more and maximizing your consumption would definitely give you more than what you have paid for. If you think you can't do away without driving and without using gasoline, you just have to learn how to maximize your gasoline consumption and save more.
Here are a few reminders:
1. A regular tune up on your car can make wonders
A regularly tuned up car will not only mean longer life span of the vehicle but can also guarantee better gas mileage.
You don't have to drive the newest model just to ensure better gas mileage. The performance will entirely depend on how you maintain your car's condition.
If everything is working quite perfectly, you can be sure that you get better gas mileage, which means less gasoline refills, of course.
2. Are you a racer?
If not, then try to drive a little slower. Driving faster than the wind won't only get you into trouble but can also waste a lot of gasoline without you knowing it.
Experts say that *traveling velocity* can put a great impact on your gasoline use. For example, if you drive at 105kph instead of 88kph, you are increasing your gasoline consumption up to 17%. That is a lot of gasoline you have there, and when converted into dollars, that is simply overspending.
3. Be wary on your filter's condition
Filters may seem one of the most neglected parts on a car. Most motorists don't understand the importance of air filters.
Filter makes your car's engine more cost-effective. It can create more force and energy and, of course, better gasoline consumption.
If your car has a dirty or congested air filter, replacing them will absolutely perk up your car's gasoline mileage up to 10% more. Besides, having clean air filters all the time will ensure your car engine's optimum performance and durability.
4. Break it more gently
Breaking and accelerating more frequently will not only wear out your car's condition but can also increase you gasoline consumption more than 18%.
So whenever you are on the road, try not to accelerate more than what is recommended. Try to anticipate, as well, the traffic ahead so that you can apply measured, steady brake.
5. Check your tires
If your tires are deflating more whenever you drive, you are actually reaping off more money from your pockets.
Why? Simply because the lesser efficient your tires are, the more gasoline you use, and not just because they deteriorate faster.
It is best to always keep your tires well inflated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Keep in mind that a tire that has been inflated by 2 PSI can actually boost your car's gas use by 1%.
6. Have your shopping and trips to groceries more organized
Getting things organized won't only make life easier to bear but can also save more on your expenses.
Consider this: try to budget your food consumption for the week and have all your groceries bought on a single day. It would be best if you can find all of the things you need in a single store. In this way, you can cut back on fuel use.
7. Reduce wind resistance
If you will be driving on a highway, it is best to keep your windows closed so as to lessen that drag. Dragging can aggravate fuel consumption. Remember your physics? It will definitely take more force just to push your car through the wind and this would mean using more gas than the usual.
All of these things can, in some way or another, help you save on gas. Just try to be conscious of where your money goes and it will be easier for you to find cost-effective ways to save more money.
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