In our world of rising costs, there is need to always cut costs wherever the opportunities arise. In a fast moving economy like ours, then fuel bill is a significant component of our budget. Even the National Bureau of statistics has indicated that cost of purchasing petrol has contributed to the increase in expenditure. Here are some effective ways to reduce your fuel bill.
One of the best ways to save gas is to simply reduce your speed. You will save a lot of fuel and your journey won’t take much longer.
Check your tire pressure
Under-inflated tires are one of the most commonly ignored causes of crummy MPG. Tires lose air due to time (about 1 psi per month) and temperature (1 psi for every 10 degree drop). Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which means you need to burn more gas to keep your car moving. Buy a reliable tire gauge and check your tires at least once a month. Be sure to check them when they are cold, since driving the car warms up the tires along with the air inside them, which increases pressure and gives a falsely high reading.
Check your air filter
A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air into the engine, which harms performance and economy. Air filters are easy to check and change; remove the filter and hold it up to the sun. If you can’t see light coming through it, you need a new one.
Accelerate with care
Slow starts are an obvious fuel-waster- but that doesn’t mean you should crawl away from every light. If you drive an automatic vehicle, accelerate moderately so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears. If you accelerate to speed then brake right away, that’s wasted fuel.
Get back to nature
Consider shutting off the air conditioner, opening the windows and enjoy the fresh air and wind blowing into your vehicle when driving at a high speed. It may be a bit warmer, but at lower speeds you will save fuel.
Clean out your car
The more weight your car has to lug around, the more fuel it burns, period!
If you are shopping for a new car, it is time to re-evaluate how much you need a new car. Smaller cars are inherently more fuel-efficient, and today’s small cars are safer and roomier than ever.
Lastly, if you can avoid driving, you will save fuel. Take public transportation, and consolidate your shopping trips. Walking or biking is good for your wallet and your health. And before you get in your car, always ask yourself: “Is this trip really necessary?”