9 Effective Ways to Save Gas
Save Money on Gas Using These Tried-and-True Hacks
With gas prices continuing to rise, knowing how to save is more important than ever. Fortunately, there are tons of effective ways to help you cut your costs significantly, most of which involve changing your driving habits. Here are nine such ways:
1. Drive at slow to moderate speeds.
Although every car is different, mileage decreases quite rapidly over 50 mph in most cases. This is why you need to stay within or below the speed limit. Unless you’re late for work or you have an urgent appointment, there’s no reason to drive like a race car driver. During long trips, you can use cruise control.
2. Drive friendly.
Speeding, or jamming on the gas pedal, or gunning the engine is always a no-no when it comes to proper driving etiquette. Not only do such aggressive habits wear your vehicle easily, but they can also affect fuel economy. In other words, you might find yourself spending huge both on repairs and gas if you’re guilty of these actions.
3. Keep your tires inflated and rotated.
Another way to increase fuel economy is to ensure that your tires are properly inflated and rotated. Tires with more air tend to be more fuel-efficient. In fact, proper inflation accounts for as much as a 3% improvement in mileage performance. Be sure to check your manual for the maximum PSI. As for tire rotation, experts recommend having tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to help evenly distribute the wear and tear on your treads.
4. Avoid idling too much.
Believe it or not, idling uses a significant amount of fuel — a quarter to a half-gallon every hour. If you have a habit of leaving your car running while waiting for someone, you’ll pay the price for that. It won’t hurt to turn off your engine in situations like that.
5. Lighten your load.
Did you know that for every 100 pounds of load you remove from your vehicle, you get to increase your mileage by 2%? It’s time for you to learn the art of traveling light. Start by getting rid of any heavy items you have in your trunk and back if you no longer need them.
6. Combine short trips.
Running all your errands in a single day instead of backtracking is ideal not only for saving time but gas as well. That’s because warm engines run more efficiently than cold ones. So, the next time you have some errands to do, make sure to do them efficiently on the same day.
7. Take advantage of aerodynamics.
Having good auto aerodynamics (how air flows around and inside an object such as your vehicle) helps reduce drag, particularly at high speeds. This improves your car’s fuel efficiency. One way to keep your vehicle aerodynamics is by having your windows and moonroof or sunroof closed while you’re driving on the freeway.
8. Perform routine maintenance.
A well-maintained and well-tuned car means good fuel economy. Such a vehicle requires less fuel to produce maximum power. This is one good reason to stick to your maintenance schedule.
9. Ditch the car.
The most obvious way to save gas is to avoid driving your car altogether. If you’re going somewhere with your friends, consider carpooling to split the costs. If you’re going somewhere close, consider walking or riding the bike instead. Your health and wallet will thank you for it.
Your Spare Car Can Be a Lifesaver
Do you own a spare car that you no longer find useful? Have you been thinking of selling it, but you just don’t have the time? Here’s a practical second option: Donate it to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations.
Not only will you be skipping the hassles of advertising and selling a used vehicle, but you’ll also help save the lives of needy breast cancer-stricken women in your community. You’ll become a hero to them and their loved ones through a simple charitable gesture.
We’ll sell your vehicle to generate funding for our breast cancer-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are committed to improving the overall well-being of breast cancer patients, particularly those who are uninsured and lack the financial means to pay for the high costs of their treatments.
The proceeds from the sale of your auto donation will go directly to our charity partners to support their life-saving programs. Through your charitable gift, deserving beneficiaries in your area will gain easy access to medical facilities and be given financial assistance to cover the cost of their treatments, physician visits, medications, and follow-up care. Other beneficiaries get to receive free breast cancer screening and prevention and education services.
As a donor, you will reap valuable rewards, one of which is your entitlement to receive a top tax deduction in the next tax season. We’ll send you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car a few days after its sale.
You’ll also benefit from our free, fast, and professional towing service. We can provide you with this service anywhere you are in the United States since our donation program covers the entire country.
More importantly, you’ll feel awesome when you realize how big of an impact your vehicle donation can make on the lives of indigent breast cancer patients. Helping suffering individuals overcome their struggles is truly a rewarding experience one may never forget.
We take nearly all types of vehicles regardless of their age or condition. Even if you’re giving us a vehicle that’s no longer in good condition, we’ll gladly take it from you.
To learn more about our vehicle donation program, including our quick and easy donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any concerns or questions, call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-540-5069 or leave us a message here.
Ready to Save Lives with Us?
There’s no better way to retire an old and outdated vehicle than by repurposing it for a meaningful cause. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our secure online donation form now!