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OK-First- I am not a car mechanic nor a car specialist of ANY kind. I do though have a lot of free time to search various topics, and have my own experience as a person with an active driver’s license for the past 37 years, so I have some tips I think could be of help for any of you who think that the way things are going in this world-saving on fuel costs is a priority- both from economic- and environmental points of view.
So without further ado- here are my top 8 tips on how to save some serious $$$ when driving your car:
#1: obviously- avoid unnecessary trips.
Have to run errands that are an absolute no go online? try to think ahead of other possible ways to get to that part of town-is it possibly close enough to go by bike? maybe even a (long) walk? if not- ask yourself if there’s anything else you might need in that part of town. please don’t be one of these people that get into their car just to go buy a specific esoteric ingredient they forgot. I mean really? I love food- but there’s a limit to everything.
#2: Proper car maintenance saves $$!
Acar should be checked and maintained at least once a year- a good mechanic will check for an oil change, brakes, and everything else that is needed- and impacts the car’s optimal fuel consumption too!
#3:while were on the subject- check your tires!
The tire’s average lifespan is around 4-5 years, but please inspect them constantly -for signs of wear and tear-safety reasons- but also for proper air pressure- it makes a difference in fuel consumption.
Cars have stickers stating the right air pressure needed for front and back wheels- either on the driver’s door (look to the right car side after opening the door) or on the fuel tank- if not- in the car maintenance book- which is an important book to be aware of. I check my tire pressure once a month when stopping for fuel. by the way- monthly checks are a great way to notice small tire punctures- that might develop into a full-on flat tire at the least convenient time!
#4: take the load off!
Don’t forget to unload your car after a long trip using a heavy car roof- or multiple water coolers, etc- the more unnecessary stuff you forget to take out of your car- the more you pay at the gas station!
People who pass me vrrrrrooooming in their car on the left lane, meet me smiling at the stoplight. I drive at the required speed limit, it’s safer+ and much cheaper- and as a rule-see no need to show off how fast my car can be. (mainly because it can’t’ it’s already 7 years old, doing great -but not exactly a racehorse). an added bonus to relaxed driving is keeping your brakes intact for a longer time.
#6: look further ahead!
A stoplight turning orange? come on- even if you step on the gas pedal- you’ll risk crossing in red light- which is in my opinion a horrible thing to do- told you I was a lawyer for many years- I saw the consequences of “having to cross the stoplight!” please don’t- you don’t want to get hurt- and you do not want to be responsible for ruining other people’s lives.
Do you see an orange light from the stoplight ahead? lift your foot off the gas pedal and use momentum to glide elegantly to a full stop. don’t worry- those smart assess who roamed past you before? they’re here right next to you looking super pissed.
#7: AC? there’s air for free!
I know this one is tough- that’s why I hid it in #7. I live in a very hot place, and not turning on the air conditioner is not easy- but can be done. Try to time your driving to early hours or late evening, remember to bring ice cold water to drink. and remember that listening to music or having a conversation when your window is rolled down is not doable.
#8: Speaking of timing–
smooth driving on the highway takes considerably less fuel than constant traffic stops in midtown. try to park outside the center of a busy town and walk to your destination.
These are my top tips- love to hear yours!
Enjoy- the cooliflower.