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Tips to Save Gasoline While Travelling

Updated on July 27, 2009

Some Background

I had to travel for a few days and thus wasn't able to participate here on hub pages. If you are thinking I was out for a vacation or some pleasure trip, then I am afraid you are quite wrong. It was quite hectic traveling for work. In fact real estate. As I am planning to invest money into a business so I needed to sell my properties which are(let me correct myself, which were) in diffent cities. In addition to hectic traveling, the properties were not sold for what I was expecting. Actually much more than the estimations. Anyways I have learned different lessons regarding traveling and real estate from all this which I shall be sharing with you all in a series of articles. Here is the first one of the series on saving gas while traveling. Hope these tips will be useful.

P.S.I have traveled quite often lately and tried these tips myself.

traveling car
traveling car

Tips on Saving Gas

Here are some really easy-to-follow tips to save gas while travelling especially on long routes.

Drive Slower

Travel on a constant speed of 80-90 km/h(50-56 mph). This will save you some good amount of gas. I have tried it myself. Traveling at 120 km/h consumes almost twice the amount of gas that the car will use on the speed on 80 km/h.

Pump up your tires

Make sure your tyre pressure is appropriate. Tyres with less air pressure in them will lower your car's gas milage.

Change Engine oil regularly especially before traveling

Last time I had to travel from one city to an other which was like a couple or so weeks back, I got my engine oil changed around 200 km before it was due. I had to travel some really long journies that time and I know it saved me quite some money on gasoline. 

Don't Compromise on Air Filters

If your air filter is not clean and not a high quality one, it will make your engine work harder. Its like the nose for the engine. Imagine lots of stuff stuck in your nostrils, can you breathe with it? Same is with air filter and the car. Keep it clean and replace it when necessary. This will save you tons of money which you spend on gas.

Make sure the engine temperature don't rise

As this will ensure your safe journy, it will also save you some money on gas.

Buy Gas During the Coolest Time of the Day

Buy gas at the coolest time of the day which is normally early morning or late evening. During these times gas is the densest. Thus you will have to pay less as you are charged for volume of the gas.

Wheels Aligned and Balanced

Retire the old tires and replace them with a new one before travelling for long journies. This will save your car some extra amount of work.

Select a Better Route

If you have more than one options for travelling, then select the better route. Now what exactly is a better route? Talking in terms of economy, the best route is where you can drive constantly on a constant speed(preferably 80-90 km/h), where you don't have to apply breakes quite often. Try this and you won't repent(even if the better route is a bit longer than the one with speed-breakers and high amount of traffic).

These tips really did well for me. Apply them if you think they will be helpful for you.

If you have any suggestions to save gas, please share them with the rest of us through comments below.


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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Not really tried them. The tips I mentioned above can be followed without spending an extra penny.

      Thanx for visiting Staci.

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      Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Good tips. Have you tried fuel extenders with any success?

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Well Dohn, now you know it. :D

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Well Dohn, now you know it. :D

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Great travel tips! I actually am a lonesome traveler myself as I'm into sales and find this very useful. The only things that I was not aware of is the part about buying gasoline when the temperature is lower. It makes a lot of sense since you brought that into "light." Thanks again.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      By using the you just don't save tons of money on gas but also on your health as you know how beneficial walking is for one's health.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Great tips but as I use "shanksies pony", my legs for walking, they don't apply to me lol. Will help many save some cash though

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      I am glad that both of you liked this perticular tip. It is really easy to follow.

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      Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago

      I never thought about buying gas at the coolest time of the day. I've been buying it when I'm out doing my errands, which is the HOTTEST time of the day. I'm going to try this tip! Thanks a bunch.

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      You present some good tips, I have heard the one about pumping gas at cool times, but I never knew why, now I do. Good Hub thanks