For many of us, summer means vacation time, and road trips.
But before you hit the road, there are some simple ways you can save money, and help the environment, by using less fuel when traveling:
- Keep maintained
According to FuelEconomy.gov, you can increase fuel economy by keeping your vehicle in shape – keep your tires properly inflated, change your engine oil and keep your engine properly tuned.
- Play with the AC
While air conditioning can increase fuel consumption, there is also a case to be made for keeping the windows rolled up to reduce drag (and reduce fuel usage). The most common recommendation is when driving around town keep cool by rolling down the windows but when on the highway put the windows up and turn on the AC.
- Use cruise control
According to the experts at Chevrolet, on long trips cruise control can help you maintain a steady speed and allow your vehicle to consumer fuel more efficiently.
- Slow down
Did you know gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds over 50 mph? According to FuelEconomy.gov, that’s like paying an additional 24¢ per gallon of gas for each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph.
- Find the best price
Services like GasBuddy.com will help you find the best price on gas locally. Download the free app and have information when and where you need it.
You will probably be surprised all the ways you can save money, just by making small changes to how you drive and care for your vehicle!
Where are you planning on driving this summer?