There are a variety of ways you can save money on gas, including keeping your car in good operating condition and taking the highway whenever possible. You may also consider downgrading to a smaller car of a hybrid model. Additionally, avoiding driving at all or taking public transportation or a carpool are also options.
The best way to save money on gas is to ensure that you car is in good working order. Change the oil regularly and make sure that your tires are inflated to the optimum pressure, as air pressure that is too low can hinder fuel efficiency. If you believe that your car may not be running as well as it should, visit a licensed technician to find the problem. Even if your car seems to be in good working order, you may choose to have it looked over for any areas which may be effecting your gas mileage.
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If your car is already running smoothly but is still getting poor gas mileage, you may save money on gas by downsizing to a small car. Sedans tend to have better fuel efficiency than larger sport utility vehicles. If you need the extra storage or seating, mini vans and other similar items are designed to be roomy while still getting good gas mileage.
Hybrid cars are also a good way to save money on gas if you can afford the expense. These are cars which have engines that run both on gasoline and electricity. While driving at low speeds, the electric part of the engine kicks in and prevents the car from using too much gas. This allows hybrids to get much better gas mileage than conventional vehicles.
You may not be able to get a new car or visit a mechanic right away, but there are other ways you can save money on gas that do not cost much up front. Taking public transportation a few times per week will save on gas and the price is relatively inexpensive when compared to paying for gas. You may also get together with coworkers and take turns carpooling to work so that you aren’t doing as much driving.