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Saving Money On Gas

By Caroline O\'Brien

With the way the economy is today saving on the little things has become even more important. Saving just a few pennies on gas can make a difference. How your vehicle uses gas can depend on your driving habits. The following are a few suggestions of ways to make the best use of the gas that your vehicle uses.

Is it true that the pressure in my tires makes a difference in gas consumption?

Yes when your air pressure is low, the tires actually drag on the road and use up extra gas. The car burns more gas when the tires struggle. The ideal pressure should be in the manual that came with your car. Don’t go over thirty five psi, but use the listed number plus 2. Just this can add an extra mile to your mileage per gallon. To maintain this, you should check tire pressure every other day.

What is the best gas to use?

When getting gas for your vehicle, toy have options of premium or unleaded. Unless your vehicle requires premium, it is unnecessary. Using the cheaper gas is okay as long as your owner’s manual indicates it is safe for your vehicle. I you don’t need premium, but use it, you are throwing money away. Your vehicle will be extremely damaged if you use low grade when you need premium.

Shopping for the gas station that offers the best deal is usually a good idea unless you are driving a long distance to save just a few pennies on the gallon. Usually when there are two or three stations located in the same location they will be struggling to offer the best prices to draw in more business. Gas stations near highways are more expensive. As you travel around town keep an eye out for a good deal and take a couple minutes to gas-up when you have the opportunity.

Does my vehicle’s condition make a difference?

When your vehicle needs a tune-up, it will use more gas than usual. If it takes a while for the engine to crank over it will use up enough excess gas to travel almost two miles. When air filters get dirty or spark plugs need replacing, the engine works harder. This will burn extra gas. Ask your mechanic to tune up the timing. This will save gas.

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O\'Brien, Caroline "Saving Money On Gas." Saving Money On Gas. 21 Aug. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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