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How You Can Reduce the Effect of Todays Oil Prices

Jul 1, 2008
When visiting your local gas station, it is not uncommon to hear frequent complains regarding todays oil prices. The recent surge in fuel prices have served to hit consumers extremely badly; particularly those who drive to work on a daily basis. Yet, while the average consumer does not have the ability to lower global oil prices, he is at the same time not completely powerless. In fact, he still has the ability to combat rising oil prices by cutting down on his demand for fuel. This article provides a guide on how you can reduce the effects of todays oil prices.

First of all, it is important for you to take the fuel economy of your car into consideration. Generally, smaller cars provide greater fuel economy, meaning that you would be able to travel further with a given amount of fuel as compared to a car with poor fuel economy. If you do not require the extra space, you might wish to trade in that SUV of yours for a small family car. While this might seem to be a painful decision, it would allow you to save on fuel each time you drive. Such savings, while seemingly insignificant, can add up to a substantial amount of savings in the long run, especially if you drive on a daily basis.

In addition, a well-maintained vehicle allows greater fuel economy. Perform regular checks on your car from time to time. Particularly important would be your car's tires and air filters. A properly inflated set of tires can save you as much as 30% on fuel consumption for each journey travelled while a clean set of air filters can generate fuel economy of up to 10%. Such measures would mean that you would have to visit the gas station less regularly, allowing you to save money on fuel.

Moreover, it is important for you to adopt fuel-efficient driving habits in order to minimize the effects of todays oil prices on your pocket. Such driving habits allow you to achieve greater mileage with a given amount of fuel. One good example would be to reduce any unnecessary weight within your car. It is important to note that increased weight leads to increased inertia meaning you would require more fuel in order to drive your car over a given distance. Another example of fuel-efficient driving habits would include accelerating at a gradual pace instead of revving your engine each time you move off. Rapid acceleration and revving of your car's engine would only cause more fuel to be comsumed faster. Instead, depress your accelerator pedal gently. This would allow you to achieve the same speed over time with your car consuming an appreciably lower quantity of fuel.

To sum things up, savings on fuel is still something possible to achieve despite todays high oil prices if the right measures come in place. Very often, this would only involve simple changes to our current habits. Yet, doing so will result in substantial cost savings on fuel over time.
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Lewis Hopewell provides valuable advice at http://howtosavemoneyongasoline.com where you can learn to save on high fuel oil prices. Click Here to get his FREE gas saving eBook while it's still available.
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