With the recent increases in gas prices, even in Texas (which currently has one of the lowest average prices per gallon in the United States), consumers are starting to consider ways to save money at the gas pump. Here are several suggestions from 2021 articles which might be helpful.
- Slow down and drive the speed limit. On the highway, aerodynamic drag causes fuel economy to drop off significantly as speeds increase above 50 mph.
- Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard acceleration. These actions greatly increase fuel consumption.
- Avoid extended idling to warm up the engine, even in winter. It’s unnecessary and wastes fuel.
- When driving in town, adjust your speed to “time” the traffic lights. This reduces repeated braking and acceleration that consume additional fuel.
- When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the gas early and allow your car to coast down to a slower speed until it is time to brake.
- Accelerate smoothly with light to moderate throttle. This allows the automatic transmission to upshift into higher gears sooner, reducing engine rpm and saving fuel.
- Use cruise control to help maintain a constant speed and save fuel. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads because a loss of vehicle control could result.
- Try to minimize your use of air conditioning.
- Plan ahead to accomplish multiple errands in one trip, and whenever possible travel outside high-traffic times of day.
- If you own more than one car, use the most fuel-efficient model that meets the needs of any given journey.
Some tips for saving yourself some pain at the pump include looking for places will offer a discount if you are willing to pay cash for your purchase.
You can also download simple apps to your smartphone, like GasBuddy and AAA. That way, you’ll be able to see in real time who’s offering the best deals.
Perhaps the best ways to save a buck include sticking to the speed limit and maintaining a steady speed when on the highway. And, of course, doing a little preventive care on your car before you even get there.
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