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Top 10 Ways to Save Money on Gas

Aug 11, 2008
It's no surprise to hear gas prices have gone through the roof lately, peaking at over $4 a gallon in many cases. It seems every American would give almost anything to reduce these prices, but can't afford to give up their habit of driving. What are you to do when your wallet can't support gas prices anymore? Don't jump right to riding your bike everywhere, but instead try a few of these tips to help lower what you're paying at the pump.

1. Get to work a different way
People spend most of their gas money traveling to and from work daily. Try assessing whether or not you really need to drive. You may try riding your bike or walking if your work in close by. If not, take a train or bus as the fares will probably cost less than driving to work yourself. Besides these alternatives there is always the tried and true tactic of carpooling to reduce how much you spend daily on gas.

2. Consolidate trips
If you know you need to go to the grocery store, vet and cleaners this week do all three trips in one. By doing this you will cut down on the amount of small trips you make throughout the week, thus saving yourself some gas.

3. Park it and walk
If all of your errands are located in one area, park your car and walk to each different store. If there is no need for you to drive, why waste the gas? Walking is also better for your health so you win all around.

4. Stop looking and park it
When parking, go with the first spot you see in stead of looking around for a "better spot". Driving around the parking lot will just waste gas. And like I said, a little walking won't hurt you.

5. Join the club
Save money on gas by joining loyalty clubs at gas stations or grocery stores with gas station. Grocery stores usually offer you discounts at their gas stations with your food purchases. Also, check online to find out the cheapest gas prices in your area. Simply do a search for "lowest gas prices" and you'll encounter sites that can give you information about the price of gas at different stations in your area.

6. Fill up when you're empty - and not before
Some people trick themselves to think they are saving money by only buying a half or fourth tank of gas. However, these little amounts will add up to the same as a full tank eventually and waste you gas by driving to the station each time. Wait until your tank is empty before filling up and fill it up all the way.

7. Get frequent tune-ups
Make sure you car is always operating at its best as this is when it uses gas most efficiently. Get regular tune-ups and oil changes as well as check the pressure in your tires. Maintaining your car will improve your gas mileage as well as increase the life of your car.

8. Do you REALLY need a Hummer?
If you drive an SUV, Hummer or other gas guzzling car, reevaluate if you really need it. Here's a hint-if you live in the suburbs and work at an office you probably don't. Look into getting a hybrid or a smaller car. Although the upfront cost may seem large, in the long run you will use less gas and the savings add up.

9. Stay consistent
When driving on the highway, try to keep a constant speed. Acceleration uses gas, so put it on cruise control to save up a little. Also, try and pick routes that require less stopping as the acceleration after the stop will use up gas as well. Try country roads where you can leave your windows open and turn off the A/C, adding to your decrease of gas usage.

10. Lighten your load
Remove unnecessary items from your car as the extra weight can reduce your gas mileage. Take a look in your trunk and decide if you really need to keep your golf clubs on hand 24/7.
About the Author
Melissa Mashtonio writes for Manta.com, the go-to site for company research. The site (http://www.manta.com) offers free research on more than 45 million companies worldwide.
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