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How To Counter Act Rising Gas Prices

Updated on April 28, 2017

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Gas prices cost an arm and a leg these days. Car pooling or riding a bicycle is one way to save on gas. Cars are much more gas efficient today.
Gas prices cost an arm and a leg these days. Car pooling or riding a bicycle is one way to save on gas. Cars are much more gas efficient today. | Source
The smart car is a grand idea and a great way to save on gasoline consumption.  The concept has taken off and they are improving on this idea constantly.
The smart car is a grand idea and a great way to save on gasoline consumption. The concept has taken off and they are improving on this idea constantly. | Source
Riding a bicycle is a wonderful exercise and it is also a good way to save on gas usage.
Riding a bicycle is a wonderful exercise and it is also a good way to save on gas usage. | Source

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1. Proper Car Maintenance: There are several things that can be done regularly for car maintenance that can aid in saving gas. These are things like, routine maintenance, that would be done at a tune up by a certified technician. Some of the regular maintenance items on your car are not expensive to maintain but, they may not be things that we remember to take care of these days because, everyone is so busy, with our lives, and we are always going in so many different directions. A couple of easy fixes are to make sure that you change your air filter, oil and oil filter as your car manufacturer suggests. Keeping your oil changed, will help your car run a lot smoother. Another great trick for car maintenance is to make sure that your exhaust is in proper working order along with changing your gas filter. Something else that you may not think about is checking your head lights and tail lights and make sure that everything is working. This could just simply keep you from getting a ticket later. Check your tires from time to time because, they can go flat on you. Take some rubbing alcohol put it on an old cloth and clean the windshield wipers.

2. Keep Your Car Light: I know now that we all would like to be "prepared" for an emergency of any kind depending on where you live. There are a lot of people I know will carry a change of clothes, jumper cables, a first aid kit etc. The truth is we all know that the lighter the car the less gas it will require to keep it running. This doesn't mean that you can not be prepared for that emergency just try to keep what you have in your car to a minimum. I at least like to keep band aids, gauze, tape and scissors in the trunk and other light items that would have not made a difference as far as weighing down the car.

3. Don't Idle The Car: It is best that you do not sit idle for more than five minutes if at all possible. It is easier on your car if you just turn off the car and then restart it. Traffic jams are a perfect example of this. Sitting for hours in your car is not fun, nor is it good for your car. At the same time, you would not want your car to be turned off and on for hours either. The traffic jams are just something that can not be avoided in some states. The only advice I would have would be to get to know all of the back roads that you could. If there is a wreck or construction, you can possibly maneuver around whatever has the road held up.

4. Turn Off Air Conditioner: If you are able to tolerate a little bit of air for any amount of time, turning off the air conditioner will definitely help save money. I try to enjoy the summer by riding with the windows down. The compressor from the air conditioner just drinks the gas up. It sounds minor but, over the course of a few months, it will add up.

5. 4-Cylinder: A 4-cylinder car will get better gas mileage than a six cylinder or an eight cylinder car, for example. These cars as usually compact and are driven by people who do not want to pay to fill up at the pump, so often. Also, if possible do not just sit idle. Turn the automobile off to save gas if your going to be sitting in one spot for a long time.

6. Hybrid: A hybrid is 1/2 an electric car and 1/2 gas car. This car not only cuts down on gas emissions that are put out by a car but, it also cuts down on the amount of gas that you need for the car. These cars are also much better for the environment.

7. Smart Car: A smart car uses no gasoline but, it is very small, doesn't go very fast and doesn't have a back seat. It is a great car if you are someone who has a job as a mail carrier, as a pizza delivery driver, a runner for a lawyer or other types of delivery people, such as a courier, who do not need a larger car or truck for their deliveries. You will save a lot of money.

8. Car Pool: Riding with someone is a great idea if you have the same schedule as your co-worker(s) or maybe you could plan a central meeting place. This would at least save some gas and make the rest of the trip in to work a little bit easier and it would make your commute go by faster. Being a part of a car-pool is a commitment and you want to be able to uphold your part of the deal.

9. Plan Trips Better: A great idea is to try to find the shortest route to the vacation destination (with the most main roads of course), unless you are very familiar with the area. You can look up gas prices for the areas that you are visiting, Another suggestion would be to avoid rush hour traffic in areas you know are going to be

10. Motor Scooter or Bicycle: If you looking for the most cost effective, then it would have to be the motor scooter or bicycle. If I lived close enough, I would contemplate riding my bike to work or definitely a scooter. Just think of how much money you would save if you could just leave the car at home just one day a week.

Many of these ideas are common sense but, sometimes all it takes to save money is doing the simple things.

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Motor Scooters are very good on gas and will help you save bucks.
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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Good tips ... very interesting.

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