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Practical Ways to Reducing Your Gasoline Use

Aug 10, 2008
The rapid increase in gas prices have pushed almost everyone to save on gas money. Who wouldn't? The gas price has doubled since last year and there seems to be no possibility of it rolling back. Even those with sturdy monthly income have joined the gas savers group. There are a lot of ways to reduce gasoline use and below are some of the practical ways.

Use Your Car Less
The most practical way to reduce gasoline use is to drive less. For near-distance trips, walking and biking are better options than driving. Not only do you reduce gasoline use, you also get to exercise. Walking and biking are cardiovascular exercises and are good for your heart.

Combining errands for a single trip compared to the usual daily errand trips is more practical with the current gas prices. Plan your errands on a weekly basis so going out on errands and driving would be lessened. And when driving, carefully plan your road trips. Avoid high terrain routes since they would require more engine work and gas. And take note of the locations and distances between the stores and offices you need transact with and of route restrictions-one-way or two-way. Know when it would be best to drive around, stay idle or park and walk the close distances between the offices and stores. Idle cars also eat up gasoline, so, if your stops are going to be more than five minutes, it would be best to turn off the engine.

If you live at a great distance from work, you may also want to consider relocating to lessen commuting and gasoline use.

Get Better Deals
Go for deals that offer cheaper gas prices. One of the great deals that are widely used are gas credit cards. They work just like any ordinary credit card only that you get rebates if used to purchase gas. You accumulate your rebates and once redeemed, you'll find that you'll save a considerable amount. Rebates range from 2% to 5% and are in the form of cash back, airline tickets, products and gift certificates.

Another way to get better price deals is by joining loyalty clubs. Some gas stations have loyalty clubs who offers discounts to its members. But do compare prices and membership fees before joining any club.

Take Care of Your Car's Engine
A well maintained car engine entails better performance and lesser use of gasoline. Check your car's air filter and replace whenever necessary. You may also want to constantly check your tires' pressure level. Tires not properly inflated are harder to roll which makes it harder for the engine to work and requires more gas. And lastly, unload other unnecessary things from your car. A heavy and bigger car requires more work and more gas for its engine to run.

Your car's performance can also be affected by the octane level of gas. If you car has an octane level requirement, it would be best to comply. A higher octane level of gas enhances your car engine's performance. A better car engine performance signifies lesser gas use. However, if your car does not have an octane level requirement, stick to regular gas since higher octane gas costs more.
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