Gas prices are going crazy and many predict that things could get considerably worse over the summer months before they get better. Some industry experts are predicting that prices could rise as high as $6 a gallon – ouch! Here are some tips to help you save money.
Shop around for prices
Online tools like GasBuddy.com or GasPriceWatch monitor prices and allow you to get the best deal in your geographic area.
Track usage over time to improve performance
Fuelly is a free site that lets you track, share, and compare your gas mileage.To date, 48,208 Fuelly users have tracked 1,274,693 fuel-ups in 65,192 vehicles over 359,298,581 miles of driving. Tracking your usage over time can help you monitor changes to your driving habits. Plus, the site has many user submitted tips for fuel economy. Site users vote on how effective they found the tips.
Rideshare; consider starting a carpoolclub
Carpool with friends, relatives or colleagues. Consider starting a carpool with work friends. Or check e-Ride Share and Carpool Connect to find others in your area who might want to carpool.
Change driving habits to improve fuel economy
Consumer Reports offers tips for how to get the best gas mileage. Click to read the details, but here’s an overview of the pointers.
- Drive at a moderate speed
- Drive smoothly
- Reduce unnecessary drag
- Don’t use premium fuel if you don’t have to
- Minimize driving with a cold engine
- Keep tires properly inflated
- Buy tires with lower rolling resistance
- Avoid idling for long periods
Go green and healthy with pedal power
Why not ride your bike to work? It’s a pretty economical way to travel, and you’ll improve your health too.
FuelEconomy.gov – this site provides gas saving tips, vehicle fuel ratings, comparative tools, and more.
How to Get Better Fuel Economy – advice for improving economy on an existing vehicle as well as for how to buy a fuel-efficient vehicle.
Edmunds – Fuel Economy and Green Cars – a variety of articles and tools. Don’t miss their road test of 4 fuel-efficiency iPhone apps.