It’s summertime, the most traveled time of the year! Whether it’s venturing out on a road trip or driving around town, everyone wants to save money when it comes to paying at the pump. Believe it or not, the way you drive, fuel, and maintain your vehicle can all have an effect on your gas mileage.
Be sure to check out these 7 handy tips to get the most out of your gas purchases!
Keep It Light – Most people don’t think about what’s actually in their car and how it affects the car’s handling. For every 100 extra pounds carried, your vehicle loses about 2% in fuel efficiency. So give your car a good cleaning and take out the extra things that could be weighing it down!
Do the Proper Maintenance – Simple things like keeping your tires filled with air and keeping your air filter clean can save you money in the long run. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tires that are underinflated can lower gas mileage by 0.4% for every 1-pound per square inch (psi) in pressure. Also, the cleaner the air filter, the better the airflow mixes with the gasoline.
Pump Up the AC – Rolling down the windows may sound tempting, but contrary to popular belief, air conditioning can actually save your gas mileage if you’re going over 55 mph. Cars these days are designed to be aerodynamic, so adding additional drag from open windows actually uses more fuel than air conditioning.
Look For Low Prices – Don’t stop at the first gas station you see because there’s a high chance they’ll be pricey in exchange for your convenience. Websites and apps like Gasbuddy and Gascubby can help you find the cheapest gas along your route.
Don’t Stay Idle – Keeping your car running at a stop or in traffic can take a toll on your gas. Instead of keeping the car running to keep it cool, turn off the engine and roll down the windows.
Keep the Road Rage at Bay – Aggressive driving could have a serious impact on your gas. Rapid accelerations and sudden stops could reduce fuel economy by as much as 33% on the highway. So turn on the cruise control and chill out to your favorite tunes instead!
Give the Pedal a Break – Fast driving increases the aerodynamic drag, which leads to more gas being used. Studies show driving at 62 mph vs. 75 mph will reduce fuel consumption by almost 15%.
We hope this list will be helpful in saving on gas during your summertime travels. If you need assistance with your insurance needs, look no further! Stop by to see your agent at Madison Mutual or call us at 1-800-766-MMIC to make sure your insurance is up-to-date!