Summer is one of the busiest times for drivers. Between road trips, vacations, and running the kids to and from summer activities, you can really burn up a lot of gasoline in your vehicle.
So, what lessons have we learned from our driving experiences this past summer? We break down some of the ways you could’ve saved on gasoline.
5 Ways You Could’ve Been Saving Gas Last Summer
#1 – Drive Less Aggressively.
We all have those few times where we’re in a rush to get somewhere or are just having a bad day. However, it’s no reason to take it out on your car (or the people around you). In fact, did you know that poor driving habits (i.e. road rage, or rapid accelerating) can cost you a small bundle?
According to Edmunds.com, accelerating slowly from a green light and slowing down gradually for a red light cut fuel consumption for someone driving a Land Rover by more than 35%!
#2 – Use Cruise Control.
As mentioned before, accelerating rapidly (or unevenly) can cause your gas tank to drain. The next time you take that road trip, plan to take full advantage of the cruise control.
Using your cruise control on the highway will help you cut down on gasoline consumption. It may also prevent you from getting into trouble with speeding.
#3 – Kill the A/C.
The summer time is often when we see a ton of folks heading in for A/C repair for their vehicles. Depending on where you live, you may be able to avoid using your A/C 90% of the time. Try rolling down your windows instead, or if you want to try something slightly more extreme, only drive during the coolest parts of the day.
#4 – Lighten Your Vehicle.
Do you travel with a ton of stuff in your car or truck? Consider removing items from your vehicle to make your trips both literally and figuratively lighter. If you own a pickup truck, consider removing the toolbox from the bed. Also consider closing the tailgate (if you don’t already) to help reduce any unnecessary drag.
Not only does removing items from your car or truck make your vehicle lighter; it makes your vehicle less of a target for criminal activity.
#5 – Be Strategic About Your Driving.
Plan your driving trips so that you consume less gasoline. For example, if you have several errands to run, try to run them all in the same area or at one place so that you don’t have to drive all around town. Driving to work? Try taking an alternative route that has less lights, or leave at a time of day where there is less traffic on the roadway.
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