A roof rack or carrier that provides additional cargo space .
A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to meet your needs with a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent. Reduce aerodynamic drag and improve your fuel economy by placing items inside the trunk whenever possible.
Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 lbs in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
Telecommuting or walking .
consumption for your car.
When driving to work avoid the peak times for rush hours. This way you’ll
use up less fuel and you’ll spend less of you precious time sitting around in
Try telecommuting from work if you’re in a position to do so.
If you are the owner of more than one vehicle you should try to drive the car
that has the best gas mileage more often than the one with higher gas
mileage. Save the vehicle with the lower gas mileage for those trips when
you don’t want your new vehicle damaged or don’t want to put the miles on
Find out about ride-sharing programs and carpools that are available in your
local area. By commuting to work with others you’ll be cutting your
monthly fuel costs by as much as half. You’ll also be saving on the wear
and tear of your car. Many large cities have what is known as the HOV lane
(high occupancy vehicle) to encourage drivers to commute to work.
Use the public transit service if it’s convenient for you and available where
you live. You may be able to drive your vehicle to the bus depot and
commute from there. Even though you’re still driving your car part way to
work you’ll still notice a substantial savings when it comes to the cost of
your commute to and from work.
You will definitely save on gas if you leave your car at home. Try walking
to close destinations, or take your bike. Today’s society seems to think that
we need to drive everywhere that go.
If more people walked, rode their bikes, or took public transit there would be
less pollution. As well, you personally will notice a difference in the amount
of money that you spend each month on your gas costs.
Try to combine as many purposes into one trip as you can .
• You’ll save time and money by combining the number of errands and
stops that you make in one trip.
• When you make several smaller trips, especially in cold weather, you
will use up to twice as much fuel than if you were taking a
• Cold starts for your car use up more gas and are harder on vehicle
maintenance than driving for a longer period of time, keeping the
engine of your car warm.
• Planning your trip makes your driving more efficient and you spend less
time driving aimlessly from location to location.
Driving on rough roads
your fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent.
If there is an alternative route that you can take you should consider taking it
if it isn’t going to add too many miles onto your trip.
On a side note, if you are planning a camping trip and are driving a new
model car or truck you may want to think about leaving your car at home
and finding alternative travel arrangements.
The wear and tear to a vehicle that is being driven over rough gravel road
can damage the underside of your vehicle, causing damage that you’re not
aware of for some time to come.
This damage, even if minimal, could be a factor towards increasing your gas
costs and fuel inefficiency.
Service your car .
vehicle is in the best condition that it can be to deal with the colder weather.
If you car needs servicing and you decide to wait until the spring weather
you will find that your fuel consumption goes up dramatically.
Keep in mind that you may be putting snow tires on your car, further adding
to the decrease in fuel economy that you many experience during the months
If you are traveling greater distances during the winter months you may have
to travel over roads that are experiencing winter conditions. Plan your trip
accordingly by trying to travel when the roads are clear and there is no
forecast of snow.
When it isn’t winter and there is no snow on the ground you should replace
your winter tires with summer tires or all season radials.
Big snow tires with deep treads use more gasoline than lighter tires. Many
times people leave their snow tires on all year round so that they can avoid
the hassle of taking their car to the mechanic.
The amount of savings that you can get out of changing your tires each
season should inspire to make that appointment with your mechanic rather
than weigh your car down all through the year, even when there is no
evidence of snow.
Store your winter tires in a place where they are free from moisture and dry
The better care you take of your winter tires the longer you can keep them,
reducing the amount of money that you spend maintaining your tires and
The same applies when you put your winter tires on your car and store your
summer tires or all season radials. You will want to make sure that they are
store correctly and are tightly covered.
Many people overlook the important of maintaining tires when it comes
tosaving at the gas pumps.
To maximize the most savings that you can achieve at the gas pumps you
need to pay attention to all the details of maintaining and driving your
KEEP THE OUT CAR CLEAN AND WAXED .
clean and waxed. This will add some gas savings into your pocket.
It may seem like a small thing to do, and you most likely won’t notice any
difference at all in your fuel consumption, but keep in mind that every little
bit helps when it comes to reducing your gas costs and saving at the gas
pumps when you fill your car.
Many times when you purchase your gas at a gas station that has a car wash
you can receive money off coupons to use when you wash your car.
This is a great way to save money while keeping your car clean.