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HELPING YOU PAY LESS: 10 TIPS TO ENSURE YOU USE LESS GAS IN YOUR VEHICLE

When the 2005 hurricanes hit, people who didn’t live in the region still felt the pain, which came in the form of higher gas prices. In the summer of 2008, the price of a barrel of oil hit $140, which caused gas prices to soar past $4 a gallon.

And, from these two events and the worry of another gas spike, you might be wondering how you can get the most mileage from your gas – meaning you’ll spend less money for gas. Well, you’ll be delighted to know there are at least 10 things you can do to make your gas take your further.

1 – Don’t idle often. Today’s engines don’t need to be warmed up; usually warming up better when they’re driven slowly. Rather than using the drive-through window at your local fast food joint, consider parking, turning off the car and going inside to get your meal. If you choose to use the drive-through line, turn off the engine (if possible). Getting the car restarted takes less gas than letting it idle.

2 – Don’t stuff a bunch of things into your vehicle, weighing it down. The more your vehicle weighs, the more gas your vehicle’s engine is going to need.

3 – When the stop light goes from red to green, don’t floor the car. Rather, accelerate and decelerate the vehicle slowly. Watch the traffic and anticipate what other drivers are going to do, being sure you’re safe the entire time.

4 – Check your tires’ pressure to ensure they’re properly inflated, which helps to keep you safe and extend the life of your tires. If your tires are not inflated properly, it causes them to drag and decrease the fuel efficiency by about two percent.

5 – Rather than making one trip at a time, do all your errands at one time. Be sure to plan your outings, buy what you need and save your gas.

6 – When you get gas for vehicle, be sure you purchase the right fuel type. If you’re using a higher than recommended grade, you’re just throwing money down the drain.

7 – When you’re finishing up getting gas, be sure to use a tight-fitting gas cap (one made for your vehicle) and close it tightly.

8 – Regularly change the air filter on your vehicle, as a clogged one will reduce the mileage you get from your vehicle.

9 – Install new spark plugs at the right intervals to ensure your vehicle gets the best mileage possible from it.

10 – Purchase and drive a vehicle that’s fuel-efficient. If you’ve got more than one vehicle, drive the one that’s got better gas mileage.

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