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Save Up On Car Fuel With These Tips

Updated September 28, 2013

 

With the cost of car fuel becoming more expensive than ever, you need to find ways to save up on your fuel expenses. Whether you are driving an SUV or a sedan, it would really help a lot if you can get a little bit more from your car. Adding a few more miles per gallon of fuel can definitely go a long way. Here are some tips on saving your expenses on your car fuel.

Buy Discount Fuel Cards

Sites such as Plastic Jungle and Gift Card Granny offer discounted fuel cards for gas stations such as Shell, Gulf, and Mobil. Chances are you could get huge discounts on fuel. Let’s say for fuel worth $100, you will only pay $95 for $5 worth of savings.

Do Proper Maintenance

Tire pressure can be one of the major reasons you are burning too much fuel on your car. Underinflating your tires gives it more rolling resistance hence requiring more fuel to keep your car in motion. Make sure that you have a reliable tire gauge and do check tire pressure on a monthly basis. According to the Department of Energy, keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure can boost your gas mileage by 3.3 percent.

It is also important to clean your air filter to boost fuel economy. Xavier Epps, founder and financial adviser at XNE Financial Advising, LLC, said that cleaning your air filter can enhance your car’s gas mileage by 7 percent which translates to savings of $72 for every 10,000 miles.

Be Kind To Your Car

Another way to save up on your fuel is to be responsible when driving. According to Kelli Grant, a senior consumer reporter for SmartMoney, rapidly accelerating your car or driving like you are in the Indy 500 can eat up too much fuel. In a test conducted by Edmunds.com, accelerating slowly from a green light and stopping gradually for a red light consumes around 27 percent to 35 percent of your car’s fuel.

Keep Your Engine Running

According to Chris Faulkner, President and CEO of Breitling Oil and Gas, keeping the engine of your car idle wastes more gasoline compared to restarting the engine.

Gas Up With Low Octane Gasoline

Fill up your engine with low octane gasoline that is appropriate for your car. Unless your car requires premium gasoline, jacking up your car with high octane fuel is not cost-efficient. It will not in any way improve your car’s fuel economy or performance.

In these tough times, you need to find ways to save on your expenses. Saving up on your fuel expenses can contribute a lot in cutting down on your expenses. Follow these tips and you are on your way to lessening your stress due to the increasing fuel expenses.

Melvin Magadia is a writer and blogger for a give aways company selling cheap custom keychains. He writes helpful guides about a wide range of topics but concentrates most on business, technology and travel-related posts.

 

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