Gasoline Saving Tips-30 Tips to Economize

Every week it seems as if gasoline prices continue to rise.  This isn’t a phenomenon exclusive to the United States-it is a world-wide problem.  So, what can one individual do to make the best of an uncontrollable situation?

First, stop thinking like a victim.  Victims feel helpless, hopeless and powerless.  Second, be pro-active.  There are many ways that you can help your immediate family, plus a few ways that you can encourage change in your community.

Think: Car Maintenance

Maintain your car properly. If you do not have an owner’s manual to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for proper oil, octane, and air pressure in tires; along with other effective quality auto maintenance; then go online to look up the criteria for your particular vehicle.

1. Keep tires inflated with the right pressure-under-inflation cuts fuel economy annually by 2%.

2. Use the correct oil for the engine and change it regularly.

3. Use the right fuel-no need to pay for premium octane if regular will do. Pennies save do add up.

4. Keep the gas cap on-a loose fitting or missing cap will release gas vapors.

5. Don’t overfill your gas tank. Avoid gas spilling over if you continue to ‘top’ it off.

6. Keep your engine tuned up at regular intervals.

7. Keep fuel injectors clean. Deposits can decrease fuel usage by up to 11%.

8. Keep your car properly aligned.

9. Remove the excess ‘cargo’ in the trunk of your car.

10. Remove bike racks and other ‘carriers’, such as luggage racks, from the vehicle.

10 Fuel Saving Driving Advice

1. Don’t idle your car.

2. Warm up your vehicle for 30 – 60 seconds; any longer is wasting gas.

3. Avoid fast acceleration-keep a nice, steady pressure on the gas pedal.

4. Avoid tailgating-this creates a jerky ‘stop and go’ effect.

5. When possible avoid stop and go traffic, such as through construction zones.

6. Use cruise control on highways and expressways.

7. Don’t ‘rev’ the engine-it wastes gas.

8. Slow down-of course you will drive the posted speed limit, however, for each 5 miles over 60 mph, 24cents is lost with burning gas. Can you really afford tossing a fistful of dollars in exchange with faster speeds?

9. Hills-accelerate before the hill, not during the climb up.

10. Avoid rough roads, such as gravel, whenever possible. It slows you down and decreases your gas mileage by 30% overall.

Remember: Help your neighbor and you help yourself

No man is an island, and that is true in the gas crisis we are in. Help yourself and your neighbor by being economically frugal. There isn’t a better time to ‘know thy neighbor’ and help each other during trips to stores, etc. Here are a few helpful hints:

1. Car pool-that is the obvious. Whether joining co-workers or inviting a neighbor to share a shopping trip or drive to church on a Sunday morning, both driver and passenger benefit if this arrangement is clearly understood. One can reciprocate trips or be the one offering gas money to the ‘chauffer’.

2. Use HOV lanes. Some states, like California, offer commuters special lanes if traveling with parties of three or more.

3. Plan multiple errands in a sequential fashion. Commit to taking one and only one trip with the car daily. Coordinate all other errands around this one major appointment.

4. Check online for gas stations showing the best deals and lowest prices, then share this information with others. Perhaps this would mean emailing a ‘hot spot’; or perhaps, it may mean that you will create a grassroots ‘information newsletter’ for your community.

5. Use public transportation: bus lines, rails, subways, etc.

6. Walk-if you live within walking distance of stores or work, ‘hoof it’.

7. Use alternative transportation-people can be very innovative when they need to cut corners. Buying an ‘all purpose’ bike, with basket or saddlebags, is one alternative. Rollerblading or skateboarding is another fuel efficient way to get around. If there are city ordinances in using these items on the sidewalks read #6 and the beginning of #7.

8. Buy a fuel efficient car. HEV’s, (hybrid electric vehicles), are one type of hybrid car. The difference can be as much as a 10 mpg increase in some models.

9. Gas up in the early morning or late evening when the gasoline is denser and you get more bang for your buck.

10. Cool off with windows lowered and decrease the use of your A/C system. Unless you live in a hot zone, keeping you’re a/c off will help conserve gas. However, don’t lower your windows on the highway-it lowers the car’s resistance during fast speeds, and causes an increase in the amount of fuel used.

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Svaciada 5 years ago from Prague

It is a world-wide problem that for sure , we have bought a new car lately, and for sure car consuption was the most inportant information I was looking for. Thanks for another information how to lower it.

Adam


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

These are great tips. I especially like your comment about not thinking like a victim. We should all practice being proactive to situations rather than reactive. And we are not victims unless we choose to be.

Namaste.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Excellent and very useful tips! I'm sure that everyone can do a few of these and it will make a great difference on their budget and help the environment.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The best money saving tip of all is to call your representatives and demand that they immediately allow the United States to develop its own natural resources wherever it can be found!

If that happened, the price of gas would plummet overnight.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub with useful, money-saving suggestions. The best way I conserve on gasoline is to use my bike or walk whenever possible.


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Great tips. We need them


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Svaciada-welcome to hubpages. Yes, gasoline here in the states keeps bouncing up and up...a fuel economy car (horses, or bicycles) is the way to go now. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Hi Deborah-thanks for reading. It's funny how things 'pop' into the mind at the time of writing...I was imagining that most people complain and think they cannot do ANYTHING else except that...got the wheels turning.

Thanks for the comments, Cara. Can't wish it away so guess it means be proactive.

Will-You are ABSOLUTELY right on! I wish I had added that into my hub, and I have to say, political clout is not the first thought that I have, yet that is so very important. Thank you for your comments.

Gail-thanks for your comments. I don't think I emphasized that enough in this hub: green gas: walk, bike. I may just go back in and do an addendum. :)

gr82bme--thanks for your comments. Now, if we will ALL do what Will S also suggests which is contact our politicians we may actually see a turnaround!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Wonderful, wonderful advise in this day and age of conserving. THanks so much for sharing Denise.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Denise

Go ahead and add it, with my compliments. :-)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

All very good tips. Gasoline is four dollars a gallon here. I agree with Will. We can do better.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

bMalin-thanks-we are all trying to conserve, aren't we?

Will-thanks - will add that in later tonight. :)

Ruby-about $4 here as well. :( Not fun when you live in a rural area and EVERYTHING that you need means an hours drive. Thanks for reading.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

There were several ideas I didn't know about. Thanks for providing this great list Denise!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Rising gas prices are driving us to distraction! Thanks for some really good tips for economizing on fuel. We now drive at slower speeds to save on fuel. It really does make a difference, especially in low mileage vehicles like an RV. Although I know there is much untapped oil and gas in the U.S., I think that we must be careful that we don't damage the environment further as we try to get more fuel. (But that's a whole other argument.) Better that we learn to use less gas by following your very good suggestions. Voted up and useful!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Kathi-glad that the tips were informative.

Stephanie-good point about the environment. I am always especially mindful when they want to start drilling in Alaska. About driving slower-my father was a very patient, and very wise man. He used to drop his speed down on the expressway to about 60 and now I know why.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Good timely reminder, with gas prices going through the roof! Perfect! Thanks Denise!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kath-you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.


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cameciob 5 years ago

Denise, I'm a car illiterate by definition but your tips are easy for me to understand. I'll bookmark the hub (and forward it to my husband :)). Great tips. Voted up and rated.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks cameciob. I know there must be one or two that we can all follow. I was actually surprised at how many tips I uncovered. I don't think people travelling the highways are willing to drop their speeds, but it actually works. :)


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Interesting tips, and I'm familiar with most of them. However, one of them is a common misperception. The A/C does not decrease gas mileage measurably, while having the windows open does. MYTHBUSTERS did this test back a few years: http://dsc.discovery.com/cars/top-10/fuel-economy-...

As far as CA's "HOV" lanes--whether you need 2 or 3 occupants in the car depends on the area of the state in which you are driving--and also the time of day--it pays to watch the signs, as a violation is an expensive ticket, which would run counter to saving money.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes, Dzy-the CA HOV's do depend on the time of day...forgot to add that in. The A/C info that I found on my research indicated that the gas useage came from the pull on the motor and the increase of gas for that??? Thanks for your comments. I appreciate it.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

The Mythbusters test was performed by a scientific lab that found no appreciable difference--apparently, that "startup pull" is not long enough or hard enough to matter. ;-)

The real problem is the greed of the oil companies--I have a hub about that! ;-)

Cheers!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Cool. Thanks for your info. I will probably not change my info at this time, since I am on a deadline (2 actually-one is coming up: my anniversary and my goal is to get to 100 hubs by the 8th) but, thanks for the correction.

I will have to read the hub about the oil co. BOY IS THAT A HUB TO AWAIT! Hot topic in my house! Take care.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Well, congratulations on both occasions! Happy anniversary!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Lizzy.


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

great tips, I also heard it is good to keep the tank relatively full which avoids gas vapors evaporating. I guess if you run the tank down to empty, you lose a little more gas than if you constantly fill up when you are half full..


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi LRC-yes, I actually did read that as part of my research and thought I had added it in here. Thanks.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

I liked how you detailed on the how to save gas, and your follow up with detailed explanations were awesome! I try to make sure our car gets regular oil changes, and I do follow watching the rev of the car. This weekend we need a tune up and the oil changed again. Car maintained can be costly. Our family was thinking about going to an electric car. I am so tired of these gas prices!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Another great piece on how to live. Thank you dear.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Jo-you and everyone else, I think, are tired of the rising gas prices. It would be wonderful to have an electric car. I have a few friends with them and they love it. Good luck with your decision.

Micky-Thanks for reading. I see your avatar and KNOW that you know pedal power is the healthiest for planet and person. Thanks for stopping by.


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Kristine Manley 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

WOW! Number 8 was a real eye opener. I didn't know that for every 5 miles over 60, 24 cents is lost with buring gas. I need to slow down - I drive an SUV. I do gas up in the mornings. Great info.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kristine-thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, there were a few eye openers for me when I did the research. That was one of them, b/c I remember my dad 'lecturing' me about this. I also drive an SUV. No fun when it reaches over $50 to fill up each time.


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Richard83 5 years ago from West Virginia

Hey Denise. They say great minds think alike! Incredible tips for sure. Very useful. Voted up!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Richard-I thought of this one as I read yours but didn't want to take any thunder from your great hub. Thanks for reading--we must be on the same page re: the high price of fuel these days.


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

This is a great hub for anyone interested in saving their money spent on gas. A great idea that you mentioned that I think we can all do is to plan out our day. We don't need to run to the grocery store or on errands needlessly. We should plan our day so that we complete multiple errands on one go. That is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing this and many valuable ideas. I am bookmarking this. Voted up.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello jeyaramd-forgive my slow response to your comment...I've been unavailable these past several days.

I'm so glad that you found this hub helpful, and I appreciate the vote up! Happy and economical driving to you, LOL


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StellaSee 4 years ago from California

I live in California where gas can be crazy expensive (average gas is $4.35 around here now) so I'm really anal about saving money on gas.

I don't keep anything heavy in my car, I almost never drive above 65-70mph on the freeway (which probably annoys the people going 75-80 around me!) I'm very stingy about using the A/C (during the summer, I get a free sauna treatment inside of my car) Now I think if I had a hybrid car, it would be even better. Thanks for sharing your advise Denise! I enjoyed reading this one. :D


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Hi Denise, I roll my back window down part way - guess I won't be doing that anymore. This Hub is right on time. Voted up!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello StellaSee and Kristine-thanks for reading-I'm glad you found it useful :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Very Useful Denise, now that Gas is up to 4.25 a gallon here in Fairfield County.. thanks for the share my friend


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for commenting, Frank. It's just under $4.00 here in the East area of NC but soon to go up once more. It is sickening especially now that I drive 60 miles back and forth between work and home. Thank goodness I stay in town when I have my work stretch.

Have a good week.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I have to tell my neighbor about not revving his car will save gas. He revs his Maserati's engine for 5-10 minutes...so annoying! Excellent tips!!:)


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ha ha, Linda. Think that'll stop him from revving his engine? Best to tell him to drive it quietly down to the other side of town and do all the revving he wants there! lol Thanks for reading and commenting.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thanks Denise for these wise tips on saving gas.

Happy Holidays to you and yours ~ Audrey


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Great tips for saving gas! Thanks!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Audrey, Glad the hub was helpful. It's always nice to apply a few new money saving tips in our crazy economy. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

Hi Rebecca, You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you.

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