Wow! Have you seen the gas prices lately? Every time I pass by my neighborhood Chevron I have to rub my eyes because I can’t believe what I’m seeing. As of the date that I write this article, the gas prices on unleaded gasoline are close to four dollars a gallon. Ouch! Is there anything we can do? Of course there is; we have a few tricks up our sleeve too, don’t we?
Saving money on gas is not that difficult. One of the first things you want to do is to not use your air conditioner if you don’t have to. Oftentimes, even during the winter months when it’s nice and cool outside, we love to sit in our car and cruise with the windows up listening to our favorite music while the AC is cranking. There’s no reason to have your air conditioner on when the outside temperature is 60 to 65°, correct? The latest Lady Gaga song sounds just as good with the windows rolled down.
Another thing you may try to help cut gas costs is to not go so fast. You may even save yourself a speeding ticket. It’s fun to get a nice little sports car and zip through town, but, this can lead to one of two things; wasting excessive gas and getting stopped by a city cop and handed a nice little ticket. On long trips, you may also want to set your cruise control to the maximum speed limit (if you are know as a “lead-foot”), of course, if you want, so that you can avoid pressing down on the accelerator so much and just have it automatically done for you. This will save you money in the long run.
Pretty much all major companies have a gas card. If you can get a gas card from Shell, Chevron, etc., you will usually save anywhere between 3 to 5% on your purchases. This adds up big time throughout the year.
Also, if you put your car in idle for an extended time as you’re waiting for somebody, you should know that you’re wasting excessive gasoline. If you need to wait for somebody, I recommend you get out of the car. If it’s a nice day just roll your windows down.
Here’s another tip; if you have a bicycle, why not use it to run little errands instead of getting in your car and wasting another $2-$3 of gas on every trip? All of these tips and taken together can help you save quite a bit of money throughout the year.