The cost of gasoline keeps increasing every now and then, which burns a hole in our pockets as everything we need to survive nowadays depends on these fossil fuels. The bad news is that this price rise is not in our direct control and it disrupts our monthly budgets. However, these few tweaks can help curb the usage of gasoline in your everyday life, saving money and environment.
Use automobiles lesser
Plan your trips so that you can use your automobile for all your needs at a single go.
Choose the best routes, preferably the one with lesser signal lights to stop – the shortest route need not be the fuel-efficient one.
Walk, cycle, car-pool or use the public transport for commuting whenever you can.
Slow and steady
Drive at a slow and steady speed to get maximum mileage out of your vehicles. High speed driving and dragging too slow burns more fuel.
Braking also contributes to fuel efficiency. When you are at a slow speed, your braking impact is also lesser on the fuel.
If you drive an automatic gear transmission, use the cruise control to travel at a steady speed to give you the best value for your fuel money.
Fill up at the right time
During summers, fill gas during early hours of the day or late in the evening. When it is hot during the day, gasoline’s density is lesser and you get lesser amount when you fill up.
Do not wait for the last moment to fill up your tanks or you will have to settle for whatever grade of fuel is available and might have to pay more if you are in need. Always fill up when you reach reserve.
When travelling to different states inside the country, try to fill up your vehicle at the state where fuel is cheaper.
Keep distance while you drive, this will help you apply brakes only when it’s needed.
Turn off your engines at signal lights, at railway crossing, or even if you are waiting for someone. Idling the engine is a practice most drivers follow, which contributes to a good share in fuel wastage.
Eliminate the unwanted fittings and modifications on your automobiles after its use. Maintain the aerodynamic structure of the vehicle for maximum mileage. Also, get rid of any unwanted load that has been lying around in the car.
Use automobile AC wisely. These air conditioners guzzle down fuel for its operations.
Warm up your car engines for shorter periods during winter mornings. Reviving the engine for a little longer will burn considerable amount of fuel.
Regularly check the air in your tires and maintain the standard psi for smooth operation and high fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
Use appropriate tires depending on the climatic condition and need. Using the wrong tire could increase friction and increase loss of fuel.
Get your car engines tuned at regular intervals to reap maximum benefits from your automobiles.
Change the oil filters regularly too for maintaining high fuel efficiency.
If you use gasoline or its products to heat your homes in winter, then change them to natural gas or propane heating systems. Both these fuels are cleaner and greener options. They are also much cheaper than gasoline; although propane is costlier than natural gas but much more efficient. You may also use other alternatives depending on the community you live in to heat your homes, but avoid gasoline.
Change your car
Invest in a manual gear transmission car instead of an automatic one for higher fuel efficiency.
Switch to a higher mileage vehicle if your current one lacks fuel efficiency.