How to Save Money on Gas

On February 21, The Washington Post blog reported that gas prices increased for the 35th consecutive day. All Americans – no matter what area of the country you live in – are feeling the pain of high gas prices. In Washington, D.C., prices made it back up to the $4 per gallon level of recent years. Currently, the national average isn’t too much lower ($3.78 per gallon).

Fortunately, we have seven ways you can save money on gas, despite rising gas prices.

7 Ways to Save Money on Gas

1. Inflate your tires. Having proper tire pressure is essential if you want to get good gas mileage. It may not make a huge difference, but every little mile you can squeeze out of a tank is worth it when gas prices are this high.

2. Use gas price apps. If you’re a smartphone user, then download an app like GasBuddy, which allows you to find the lowest gas prices near you. Information is updated by users, so if you use this app, do your part and update prices when you see them!

3. Avoid sudden braking and acceleration. By slamming on the gas pedal and brakes, you use a lot of gas. In rush hour traffic – when this kind of quick acceleration is especially pointless – you can end up burning through a lot of gas without getting home or to work any faster.

4. Turn off air conditioning. This tip doesn’t so much apply to the February 2013 gas crisis, but if prices are still high come summer, then you might consider turning off your air conditioning a couple of minutes before you get to your location. The car will probably stay comfortable. Plus, you won’t need that extra cool air since you’re about to get out of the car.

5. Don’t lug around extra weight. Still have those boxes of books in the trunk that you’ve been meaning to take to Goodwill? They bring down your gas mileage. Remove heavy items that you don’t need from your car!

6. Pay attention to routes and time of day. Is it really necessary that you go to the grocery during everyone else’s lunch hour? Do you have to go through the city, braking and accelerating, to get to your destination? Think about the time of day that you’re driving and the route that you’re taking.

7. Replace your air filter. Yes, your air filter really is important to gas mileage! Change it regularly to ensure you’re getting the most mileage out of your car that you can.

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