Simple Ways to Save Money on Gas

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Sure, gas prices are lower than they’ve been in years, but how long will that last? The savings have been awesome, and to get even more bang for your buck at the pump, here are some tips that can help improve your fuel economy.

1. Drive a fuel-efficient car

This is probably only practical if you’re in the market for a new car, but there are tons of options these days to suit your needs. Do some shopping around and compare how much you can save on gas with what’s out there.

2. Maintain your car

If your car is running poorly, it will use more gas. A few major parts to keep tabs on are the air filter and the spark plugs, which can reduce gas mileage up to 20 and 12 percent, respectively. Keeping your tires inflated to the proper level and balanced also contributes to gas mileage.

3. Shop around

Do some research online or ask your friends where to find the cheapest gas prices. Sometimes grocery stores offer gas discounts, like Safeway, Smiths, Costco, and Sam’s club, based on how much you shop there or if you have a rewards card.

4. Consolidate

Try to combine those activities that require you to drive into one trip. If your work commute is during rush hour, try to leave earlier and run some errands near your workplace.