Record High Gas Prices Straining Your Finances?
Here Are Ten Ways to Save Up to $500 on Gas
By William R. Patterson
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According to energy analysts, gas prices will continue to set record highs this summer. Here are 10 easy BARON tips that can save you as much as to 20% at the pump.
Use the free Resources section of BaronSeries.com to find the lowest priced gas stations in your area. You may even download their locations on your mobile device. Consider using non-brand name stations. Most non-brand name stations use the exact same product as brand names and will offer you substantial savings.
Be sure to use the correct grade of gasoline. Read your car owner’s manual and use the lowest grade recommended by the manufacturer that doesn’t make your car knock. Many drivers waste money buying higher grade gasoline. Don’t buy premium unless your car requires it.
Drive less aggressively. Rapid acceleration and braking burns more fuel and is harder on your vehicle.
Ensure that you have properly inflated tires at all times. Driving on tires that are not fully inflated can increase your fuel consumption by up to 10%, so be sure to check your tire pressure at least once a month.
Avoid carrying heavy loads. To maximize fuel economy, remove heavy items from your trunk and carry only the things you really need such as basic emergency equipment.
Use cruise control and drive at a moderate speed. By driving at a slower and constant speed over long distances, you’ll be able to save significantly on gas. For instance, driving at 60 vs. 75 mph can reduce your fuel consumption by up to 15%.
Service your car or truck regularly. Replace dirty air filters, old spark plugs and vehicle fluids to avoid poor fuel economy.
Using your windows and air conditioner at appropriate times.
Avoid driving with open windows, especially at highway speeds. It increases the drag on your vehicle and its fuel consumption by up to 10%. Also, by minimizing the use of the air conditioner, you can increase your fuel economy by up to 20%.
Don't waste money by topping off once the handle clicks. The "top off" usually remains in the hose, seeps out, or is lost to evaporation.
Use a cash-back gas credit card to obtain rebates of 1-5% on your purchases. Just be sure to pay off your card every month and never carry a balance.
Using these 10 simple tips will save you hundreds of dollars this year at the pump.