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How to Combat High Fuel Oil Prices and Save Money

Jul 1, 2008
In recent times, fuel oil prices have surged dramatically as crude oil prices soared pass the $120 per barrel mark in early 2008. Indeed, the sharp increase in fuel oil prices has hit motorists particularly hard, as commuting to work by car each day becomes an increasingly expensive affair. Yet, while there is little the average consumer can do to lower oil prices, there are in fact many measures he can take to escape the onslaught of increasing oil prices. We offer you some tips on how to combat high fuel oil prices and save money.

One of the best ways to combat high fuel oil prices would be to reduce your daily usage of the car. Most car owners often develop an overwhelming level of dependency on their vehicle to take them around, even to nearby places such as the local convenience store for instance. Given the high fuel cost these days, you might find it a good idea to make use of alternative modes of travel such as walking or riding a bicycle to nearby places instead of driving your car. This would enable you to save substantially on fuel costs as well as enabling you to get some exercise.

For distances further away from home, such as your workplace in the city, you might wish to consider forming a car pool with individuals travelling to the same destination. You would require a fuel efficient car though, in order for the cost of commuting to be effectively lowered. In many ways, car pooling is considered much more economical compared to driving your car to work each day as the cost of maintenance and fuel is split up evenly amongst the various individuals that participate in the car pooling network.

You would also find it a good idea to switch to a smaller car. Often, smaller cars provide greater fuel economy as compared to larger cars such as SUVs and trucks. Greater fuel economy would mean that you would be able to travel greater distances with the same amount of fuel, which would also result in greater cost savings in the long run.

Additionally, good driving habits would allow your car to cut down on fuel consumption, thereby leading to greater cost savings on fuel. One such habit which you would find useful to adopt would be to adopt gradual acceleration when moving off. Revving your engine would only result in more fuel being burnt resulting in greater fuel consumption on the part of your vehicle. Instead of moving off like a NASCAR driver, gently depress your accelerator pedal when moving off. You would also find it a good idea not to overload your vehicle. Excess weight in your vehicle would mean that your vehicle would require a greater amount of fuel to move off each time. Such positive driving habits are sure to lower your fuel cost allowing you to save money on fuel.

The methods listed above are of course, not exhaustive. In any case, many other methods which allow you to combat high fuel cost do exist. The most important thing is to take action by putting these into practice. Doing so would allow you to beat high fuel prices effectively.
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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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