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Tips to Increase Your Gas Mileage

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    Although fuel prices are no longer at a record-high, gas may still be one of your biggest monthly expenses. If you want to save money on gas so you have a little extra to spend when you arrive at your destination, check out these quick gas mileage tips. 

    Check Your Tire Pressure

    Increase Gas Mileage - check your tire pressureIt may be a pain, but you need to regularly check your tires for proper inflation. Tire pressure changes as the air temperature changes, and tires slowly lose pressure over time. For every 1 psi drop in tire pressure, you lose 0.3% in fuel economy. This can greatly affect your gas mileage.

    Not only that, but driving with low tire pressure is dangerous. Keeping an eye on your psi is never a bad idea while you’re on the road.

    Don’t Drive Far Trying to Find the Lowest Price

    Many people end up driving miles out of their way just to save a few cents per gallon. However, that extra travel eats up any savings, especially if they were only topping off a tank. If you also end up sitting in line waiting for an available pump, you’re needlessly burning fuel.

    Instead, figure out which gas stations are already on your route. Then, use the cheapest option during a time you know it’s not as crowded.

    Adjust Your Commute to Increase Gas Mileage

    Increase Gas Mileage - map of nearby gas stationsYour car burns fuel even when it’s idling, so the more you sit in stop and go traffic, the lower your fuel economy is. Leaving earlier or later to avoid traffic can dramatically lower your gas spending. Even a few minutes can make a difference. This is because there’s often a surge of traffic in business areas right around popular clock-in or clock-out times like 9:00 am or 5:00 pm. That being said, there’s typically less traffic at odd times like 8:42 am or 3:16 pm.

    Try to drive during times to avoid heavy traffic, even if that means waking up earlier every morning. The improved gas mileage is worth it in the long run.

    Drive Safely & Smoothly

    gas mileage smooth drivingHard accelerations and fast speeds burn fuel far more quickly than smooth driving. Most cars are most efficient somewhere between 50 to 70 MPH. For every 5 MPH over your car’s most efficient speed, the efficiency loss equals an extra $0.21 per gallon. No one wants to pay that!

    If your car displays your fuel economy on the dashboard, keep that as the main display to help you focus on driving more efficiently. When on the highway, use cruise control to keep a constant speed and avoid the temptation to go faster.

    Another way to stay safe is by having peace of mind while you’re on the road. That means carrying adequate Auto Insurance coverage. Get a free quote from an Insurance Specialist at (855) 919-4247 today. You might end up saving money on both gas and Car Insurance!

    The information in this article is obtained from various sources. This content is offered for educational purposes only and does not represent contractual agreements. It should not replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. The definitions, terms and coverage may be different than those suggested here. No warranty or appropriateness for a specific purpose is expressed or implied.