200 Useful Gas Saving Tips


1. Do not drive at extremely high speeds

Speed increases resistance or what scientifically knowledgeable people refer to as aerodynamic drag. Driving at speeds that are well above 70 mph will have a huge impact on your fuel consumption. In fact, as your speed increases your fuel consumption increases also. Furthermore, driving at 65 mph instead of 70 mph on the highway will help you save nearly 30 cents per gallon!

2. Do not do anything too quickly when behind the wheel, especially braking or accelerating

You use less fuel when you accelerate and break slowly. By gradually decreasing the amount of pressure on the gas pedal instead of slamming on the breaks, you will be able to use significantly less gas!

3. Make sure that your tires are inflated to the correct levels

All car models have a unique optimum level for tire inflation. By checking in your car’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation, you will be sure that improperly inflated tires are not eating away at your car’s gas consumption. Underinflated tires require that your car exerts more energy and horsepower to turn them, which uses a lot more gas than properly inflated tires. Furthermore, make sure that the tires are inflated to the maximum of the manufacturer’s recommended limit. Investing in a quality tire gauge to regularly check your tire pressure before leaving home is a wise choice. Additionally, always check your tires inflation levels when they are cold and not after a long trip. Air expands when hot, which gives your car’s tires a false reading. Most experts recommend that you check the inflation levels a few times a month, but checking it more often than that never hurts. If these are not enough reasons to keep your car’s tires properly inflated, also consider that tires that are weakly inflated wear their tread down more quickly. As a result, improperly inflated tires will need to be replaced much more frequently, which can be quite costly. Correctly inflated tires undoubtedly impact fuel consumption, and the benefits are well worth the effort. Some studies indicate that properly inflated tires can save more than 10 cents a gallon, which can have a huge impact when combined with other gas saving strategies.

4. Avoid driving with open windows

Winter months can be tempting for car owners who enjoy driving with their windows open. Although the fresh air can be refreshing, it will definitely increase your fuel consumption. A savvy driver who keeps their car’s windows closed on highways can make sure that their car is not using unnecessary gas. In fact, the excess drag that open car windows create has been scientifically proven to decrease the car’s fuel economy by nearly one tenth.

5. Take care of your car

Taking proper care of your car involves investing in adequate maintenance. Servicing your car every few months can pay dividends at the gas pump.

6. Replace spark plugs approximately every 15,000 miles

New sparkplugs or air filters can actually increase the car’s fuel economy. Furthermore, regularly checking that your car’s oil and fluid levels are at the right level will also help your car run efficiently and with the minimum amount of gas. In fact, replacing a dirty air filter can save more than 30 cents per gallon.

7. Drive at consistent speeds

Take advantage of the cruise control button on your car by pressing it whenever you are on a highway without stop and go traffic. Driving at a consistent speed with little variation when traveling longer distances is strongly believed to save gas. This theory makes sense, as breaking and accelerating are known to reduce fuel economy. Nevertheless, take your car off the cruise control when going uphill or downhill. Cruise control always wastes gas on inclines and declines.

8. Empty out your trunk, glove box, and backseats

Do not use your car as a storage facility. Boxes of books or other unnecessary items in your car greatly increase the car’s weight, which force your car to use more gas. By only leaving necessary objects in your car, you will greatly increase your car’s fuel economy. Additionally, you may reconsider taxiing friends around, as their extra weight in your car will increase your car’s fuel consumption.

9. Do not idle for long periods of time

When stuck waiting in a parking lot or for some other reason, turn off your car. Although idling may be essential during hot summer months when the car’s air conditioning makes the weight livable, it is not advised if you want to optimize your car’s fuel consumption. Interestingly, scientific studies have shown that less gas is used to restart your car than to idle for a few minutes.

10. Do your homework before buying a car

Many people purchase a car simply because it looks cool and the advertisements are catchy. If fuel consumption is an important factor for you, investigate it prior to purchasing a car. Cars vary drastically in how much fuel they need to function, and larger cars generally require more fuel than smaller cars. In addition, manual transmissions are usually associated with lower fuel consumption. However, it is important to note that the manual transmissions rule only applies if you actually know how to drive a car with a manual transmission.

11. Do not let your car run for a long time in hopes of “warming up the engine”

A car needs less than a minute to warm up in freezing temperatures. By letting your car warm up for several minutes, you will just be wasting gas and not really benefiting your engine. Furthermore, only warm up your car’s engine during the winter and the temperatures are very cold. Warming up your car’s engine on sunny days during the summer are a complete waste of gas and unnecessary for the well-being of your car’s engine.

12. Do not rev your engine

This one may seem to be common sense but many people are in the habit of revving their engine when they are at a stoplight or when they are parking the car. Unfortunately, revving the engine reduces the oil pressure in the car, and also makes oil flow down the car’s cylinder walls. Consequently, fuel consumption is inadvertently reduced by a driver that revs the car’s engine without considering the impact. Not only does this habit reduce the fuel consumption, it also arguably reduces the life of your car’s engine.

13. Do not pull away quickly from a dead stop

There are many car racing movies that have become popular in recent years, which has made quick accelerations popular amongst all age groups. However, it is important to realize that the quick acceleration uses much more gas than necessary, which may be more than what you are expecting to pay for that thrilling moment.

14. Buy gasoline when it is cold

If you live in a warm part of the country or it is summer time, buying gas during the early morning or after the sun sets is a good idea. The principle that is behind this theory involves density. Gasoline’s density increases as temperature decreases, which means that you get more gasoline for your dollar during colder times of the day. Gas stations sell gasoline based on the volume that you are buying not the density of the gasoline. This may seem complex to people who are not scientifically gifted, but trust the gasoline specialists who will never be caught pumping gas while the sun is still out.

15. Be choosy about your gasoline

It is a known fact that better quality gasoline sometimes improves the fuel economy of your car. There is not any real golden standard regarding this rule, which makes it a good idea to try it out on your own. Try the better gasoline and see if your fuel economy improves, as it just may be worth the extra few bucks when you fill up your tank. Nevertheless, low octane fuels do improve your car’s fuel economy, especially if your owner’s manual specifies it. Using a higher octane fuel in a car that requires low octane fuel will wreck havoc on the car’s engine and take it much longer to start the ignition, thereby increasing the car’s unnecessary fuel consumption. Cars have special computers that recognize if you put in the right fuel. In fact, if you put in a fuel that has too high of an octane level will cause your car to take extra steps to prevent detonation when your car is at full throttle, which absolutely wastes gas.

16. Do not overfill your gas tank

Some people have a horrible habit of filling up their gas tank a little bit more after they hear the “click” that the pump makes to signal that the tank is full. Instead of getting a little extra fuel, overfilling really only results in spilled gas that never quite makes it to the engine.

17. Drive the speed limit

The speed limit is usually already set at the most fuel efficient level. If you are not interested in guessing what the best speed is to drive at for fuel efficiency then driving the speed limit is a good idea. Not only will you be more likely to avoid accidents, you will also likely increase the time between needing to fill up your gas tank. As an additional incentive, stoplights are usually synchronized to be green for individuals who are driving the speed limit. Accordingly, you will not have to stop at red lights as frequently if you obey the law.

18. Drive in the right gear

If you drive a car with a manual transmission, make sure that you are driving in the right gear for the right speed. If your car is traveling at a high speed when it is set to a low gear, your fuel economy will rapidly decrease. In fact, your car uses nearly 45% more gas than what is really needed if you are driving at fast speeds in the wrong gear. Basically, your car is designed to function best when you are driving along the middle of its RPM range. Driving in a gear that is either too high or too low for the speed will have catastrophic effects on your gas mileage. Automatic cars are designed to always be in the best RPM range but manual drivers need to focus a bit more at first until it becomes a habit.

19. Do not accelerate when going downhill

People who were low on gas have usually already experienced the relief that comes with encountering a downhill slope. When going downhill, your car does not truly need any additional gas, which means that you can lay off the gas pedal for a bit and let nature help you down the hill.

20. Drive on good roads

Well maintained roads will greatly benefit your car’s fuel consumption. Roads that are covered in rocks and dirt significantly decrease your car’s ability to optimize its use of fuel. By mapping out traveling routes beforehand and avoiding rough roads, you can help your car get the most out of its tank of gas.

21. Choose straight and short paths to your destination

If there are multiple ways to get to your destination, choosing the path that is straight and short will increase your car’s fuel economy. Roads that have a lot of turns and curves will make your car work harder and use more fuel. Furthermore, choosing the shortest distance to your destination will usually help your car use less fuel unless there are other mitigating circumstances such as dirt roads or intense hills.

22. Stay in your lane

When driving, try staying in your current lane unless absolutely necessary. Aggressive and unnecessary lane changes cause your car to use more fuel.

23. Park with leaving in mind

Basically, when you park your car, you should park in a position that allows you to simply drive out of the parking spot without needing to reverse. Most reverse gear maneuvers use up a lot of gas, which makes it a good tactic to avoid it when possible.

24. Use the right tires for the season

Snow tires are not necessary during warmer months and are well-known contributors to decreased fuel economy. The extra tread on snow tires are good for gripping roads, which force your car to exert extra effort to get from point A to point B. Naturally, snow tires should be avoided unless the weather conditions demand that they be used.

25. Do not drive with vinyl tops

Many people with convertible cars enjoy driving with the vinyl tops on very hot or cold days. Nevertheless, vinyl tops are proven to increase air drag, which directly decreases fuel efficiency. This makes sense, as vinyl tops are not as smooth as the rest of the car and rough surfaces are known to increase wind resistance.

26. Do not buy a car with a sunroof or use the sunroof if you already have one

The sunroof increases air drag in a similar way to vinyl tops and open windows. As the sunroof increases air drag, your fuel economy sharply declines. Open sun roofs are the worst offenders but even an unopened sunroof can impact your car’s fuel efficiency. Accordingly, it is best to avoid buying a car that has a sun roof or at the very least not use it if you are trying to save fuel.

27. Do not buy a convertible

Convertible cars are notorious for having more air drag. There is a reason why you will never see a NASCAR driver racing to the finish line in a convertible car. If your car’s fuel economy is an important factor then buying a less flashy and more sensible hard top car is the right decision. If you must have a convertible then invest in a hardtop and leave the hardtop on your car most of the time. The hardtop will help your convertible almost function as well as other cars and use significantly less fuel.

28. Turn off the air conditioner

This may be difficult to do during hot summer months, but you should be aware that the air conditioner uses a lot of gas. In fact, car air conditioners are able to reduce your car’s fuel economy by up to 20%. A savvy driver who wants to save on gas should be careful when turning the air conditioner on and only use it when absolutely necessary. However, it is important to note that using your air conditioner uses much less gas than opening your windows at speeds higher than 50 mph. Accordingly, it is wise to open your windows on hot days when you are sitting in traffic or just driving around town at low speeds. In contrast, always roll up your windows and turn on the car’s air conditioner once you are on the highway.

29. Purchase a car without the extras such as power windows and seats

All of the fun extras in cars that are power driven will decrease your car’s fuel economy. If you are able to do it manually then avoid purchasing a car that is mainly powered. If you are already stuck with a car that has all of the extras try to not use them that often. Adjust your powered seats once and do not fidget around with it every time that you drive. Furthermore, keeping the windows closed on a permanent basis will also make your car as fuel efficient in this aspect as a car that has manually operated windows.

30. Opt for carpools

Many workplaces and student organizations have carpool lists that you can sign up for. By driving with other people and splitting the gas costs, you will always save big time. If your workplace or university does not already have carpools, you could start one by making a group on a social networking site. A little effort with carpooling will go a long way when it comes to saving gas. Additionally, people in carpools can rotate who drives each day, which will also decrease wear and tear on your car thus increasing its lifespan.

31. Scrape off snow and ice from your car before you hit the road

Surprisingly, icicles and snow are both incredibly heavy, which can add a significant amount of weight to your car if left there. The extra weight on your car not only makes your car work harder to function, it also increases aerodynamic drag. As a result, snow and ice are a double whammy for increasing gas consumption. Taking a few minutes on a cold winter morning to remove snow and ice from your car will help your car maintain the wind resistance that the manufacturer designed it to have. In fact, a car’s gas mileage that is listed in its manufacturer’s handbook is determined in optimum conditions. By trying to mimic those conditions to the best of your ability, you will be able to make sure that your car gets good gas mileage and uses less gas. As a quick tip, to quickly remove the snow and ice from your car, try pouring hot water on it.

32. Buy the proper motor oil for your car

By buying the correct motor oil for the make and model of your car, as is listed in the car’s manual, you will help your car function optimally and use less gas. Furthermore, always opt for graphite motor oil and avoid motor oil that has many additives. Synthetic oil is especially good for helping your car function at its optimal level and use less gas. However, synthetic oil comes with a hefty price tag. Accordingly, you should only use synthetic oil if there are other reasons to use it; maybe your car’s manual also recommends it. Additionally special oils that have a friction reducing oil additive can be greatly beneficial to your car’s fuel economy. In fact, the friction reducing oil additive has been proven to improve your car’s miles per gallon by more than 10%.

33. Remove flags and foreign objects from the outside of your car

Sports enthusiasts and patriots often fly the flag of their favorite team or country on the outside of their car. The flags increase air drag, which also increase fuel consumption. By removing the flag, you will ensure that your car is more aerodynamic and will use fuel more effectively.

34. Do not leave racks on your car permanently

Bicycle, ski, and storage racks are usually a huge hassle to install on your car. However, do not let this inconvenience tempt you into leaving the racks on your car permanently. The bicycle and ski racks increase wind resistance and will force your car to use unnecessary fuel.

35. Be optimistic and keep your gas tank half full

Most people automatically fill their gas tank up all the way when at the gas pump. However, fuel savvy individuals realize that this is a mistake because the fuel adds more weight, up to 100 additional pounds, for the car to carry. Obviously, extra weight increases fuel consumption, which makes it a good idea to never fill your gas tank more than half way. This will increase your trips to the fuel pump but is worthwhile if you pass gas stations on a regular basis. Of course, if you live in a rural location and filling up your gas tank requires a dedicated trip then you should consider if you will still benefit from keeping your gas tank half full.

36. Be gentle with the gas pedal

Only give as much as gas necessary. If you accidentally give too much gas and then are forced to suddenly break, you have basically wasted valuable fuel.

37. Use a car with good gas mileage for longer trips

If you have more than one car, opt for the one with the best gas mileage if you are going to drive far. If you do not have more than one car or do not own a car with good gas mileage, try borrowing one from a friend or family member. People understand that these are financially difficult times plus it is more earth friendly to use a gas friendly car. Accordingly, you will be pleasantly surprised by how many people are generous and will gladly let you use their car every now and then.

38. Take the road less traveled

Traffic jams are a nightmare for people who want to save gas. Often taking a slightly longer route that has fewer cars and traffic jams will help decrease your gas consumption. Also, roads that have fewer cars usually also have fewer accidents, which often makes it the safer as well as more gas friendly choice.

39. Walk, bike, or rollerblade

Invest in a quality bicycle that you will want to ride or a good pair of running shoes. A nice pair of rollerblades is also a good option if you live in a city where that is common, especially places near the beach. Not only will you be helping the environment, you will also significantly decrease your car’s gas consumption. Short distances use up quite a bit of gas when it is all added up. Accordingly, if you are only traveling one or two miles, definitely consider joining the pedestrians or cyclists in your city.

40. Take the bus, train, or plane

Depending on your situation, public transportation is often a really good option for saving gas. A bus ticket across town can help you majorly cut gas costs. Furthermore, taking a train or plane is frequently a better option than driving when you are traveling a longer distance. Do your calculations before embarking on a drive that will take you across the country. Unless you specifically see the random diners and sites on a road trip, taking a train or plane will usually be the more economical choice.

41. Apply for a credit card that gives gas rebates

Many credit card companies offer major rebates on gas purchases that are often up to 5%. This may just put a smile on your face when gas prices go up because your rebates will increase right along with it.

42. Do not drive across town in search of the best gas price

Some people are so obsessed with paying the lowest possible price for gas that they will go to any length, literally, to obtain it. If you are driving across town in search of the best gas price, you are actually wasting gas in the process. Be smart and make sure that your effort will actually help you save money. Additionally, you could check online to see where the best gas price is in your city, and plan your day accordingly.

43. Clean your fuel injectors

Depending on your car’s engine, adding a bottle of fuel injector cleanser to your gas tank will help your car’s engine function at the optimal level. Never clean your fuel injectors more than every 10,000 miles, as the fuel injector cleanser is quite pricy and it is not necessary to clean the fuel injector every week.

44. Buy an electric car

This may seem like a no brainer, but buying an eco friendly car will help you save plenty on gas.

45. Make sure that your gas cap is secure

Gas evaporates very easily and will escape from your gas tank unless the gas cap is tightly and securely fastened. The Car Care Council claims that nearly 150 million gallons of gas evaporate from cars every single year. Make sure that the gas actually stays where it belongs!

46. Park in the shade

Heat increases evaporation emissions from your car, which makes it a good idea to park in cool and shady areas. Additionally, it takes more energy for your car’s air conditioner to cool a hot car than to keep a car’s already comfortable temperature cool.

47. Park inside of your garage

A garage insulates and protects your car. During colder months, the garage will keep your car from reaching frosty temperatures that are difficult for your car’s heating system to warm up. Additionally, a garage will keep your car cool during the summer months, decreasing both evaporation and air conditioning energy expended. It is a win-win situation to always park your car in a garage.

48. Combine trips

Plan trips beforehand to make sure that you are driving efficiently. If you need to go to both the grocery store and post office, drive a route that optimizes your gas usage. For instance, do not drive to the grocery store and then directly home to deliver cold groceries only to leave again a few minutes later to go to the post office. Instead, go to the post office first, especially if it is near the grocery store, and then do your grocery shopping. Not only have you saved gas by planning a more efficient trip, you have also saved time that you can use to do something fun like eating the groceries.

49. Make sure that your gas tank is at the proper level for cold temperatures

Never drive with a gas tank that is less than a quarter full in cold temperatures. Condensation increases in cold weather, and there is much more room in the gas tank for gas to condensate when it is nearly empty.

50. Do not run your car on empty

If you accidentally try to run your car when the gas tank is empty, you will effectively destroy or damage the electric fuel pump. Naturally, replacing a fuel pump is much more expensive than filling up a gas tank, which makes it a good idea to not push the limit when you know that it is time to fill up.

51. Buy a diesel car

Interestingly, diesel cars have excellent mileage that can actually compete with hybrid cars. However, first make sure that diesel prices are relatively reasonable in your area before you trade in your current car for a diesel option.

52. Buy a hybrid car

Hybrid cars are the best option in the current market. You will see immediate savings at the gas pump and may even be eligible for federal tax deductions. Obviously, if you combine a tax break with fuel savings, a hybrid car will offset its purchase price in the long run. Nevertheless, make sure that your car insurance will not increase when you switch over to a hybrid car, as some insurance companies are notorious for increasing insurance rates for hybrid options.

53. Buy a smaller car

Smaller cars are much lighter and accordingly get many more miles per gallon of gas.

54. Use an alternative to a car such as a motorcycle or scooter

Motorcycles and scooters cost a fraction of a car and get much better mileage than cars. If driving a motorcycle or scooter sounds appealing to you then it may be time to make the switch. In fact, motorcycles and scooters are especially useful in crowded cities and may also help you save in parking costs.

55. Do not get lost

Getting lost can eat away at your gas tank. Unnecessary detours in unfamiliar areas are not only nerve wrecking, they also quickly use up gas. By using GPS or looking at a good map before leaving home, you will be able to arrive at your destination without getting lost. If you are especially prone to getting lost, consider calling your destination beforehand for special tips and directions that will help you get there safely and on time.

56. Pay attention to your following distance

By maintaining a consistently safe following distance that is at least two seconds you will be able to avoid sudden stops. To follow the two second following distance rule, pick a spot somewhere in the distance and watch when the car in front of you reaches it. Start counting the seconds between when the car in front of you reaches it and when you reach it. You should have counted at least two seconds if you are maintaining a safe following distance. Aggressive driving uses much more gas because you will be constantly forced to suddenly stop and accelerate in order to keep up with the car in front of you. It is easy to see why this wastes gas. Furthermore, a good following distance allows you to not speed up too much only to halt to a stop in congested traffic. Other drivers may be visibly irritated by this laid back way of driving, but it is worth the dirty looks to save a bundle in gas.

57. Do not pay attention to tailgaters

Do not feel forced to increase your driving speed due to a car that is sticking too close behind you. People who tailgate invariable do so regardless of what speed you are going. Increasing your speed usually does not get rid of the tailgater and only wastes your gas. Ignore the tailgater and give them room to pass you, which makes your driving experience safer and more gas friendly.

58. Be savvy when leaving parking lots

Leave parking lots through the back. By passing the front of the stores or using the same exit as everyone else, you will be forced to wait and idle your car. By avoiding these parking lot traffic jams that are only aggravated by increased pedestrians, you will be able to make a quick exit and optimize your gas usage.

59. Shift into neutral whenever possible

By shifting into neutral if you drive a manual or standard transmission car, you will be able to save gas when going down inclines. Never try this with hybrid, electric, or automatic transmissions as the engines are not designed for this strategy and will be damaged.

60. Do not modify your car for cosmetic purposes

The majority of car modifications add extra air drag that decreases your car’s mileage. Flashy wings and bumpers are rarely really aerodynamic and can increase the amount of money that you spend at the fuel pump.

61. Consider chip tuning a turbo charged car

If your car is already turbo charged then consider chip tuning or eco-tuning it in order to increase your mileage. Most people chip tune because they want to drive at faster speeds, which negates the mileage boost. As a result, only chip tune your turbo charged engine if you are willing to obey the speed limit and use good gas saving driving practices, which do not involve quickly accelerating or other sudden movements.

62. Record your daily mileage and gas expenditures

By keeping good gas records, you will be able to easily spot changes that could indicate that your car is in need of maintenance or repair, which will consequently increase your gas mileage in the long run.

63. Do not drive in the exit lane unless you are planning to exit

Usually the lanes to the far right are for cars that are planning to move consistently without making any lane changes or exits. Lanes that have a lot of cars that are exiting are more susceptible to traffic jams, as cars tend to slow down before they make a turn to exit. Accordingly, you will be better able to maintain a constant speed by staying out of the exit lane, which will help you save gas.

64. Avoid rush hour traffic

By going to work a little earlier or leaving a little later in the evening, you could avoid rush hour traffic jams that greatly increase your commute time. Traffic jams notoriously decrease a car’s gas mileage, which makes it a good idea to avoid them altogether. Try grabbing dinner with a colleague after work or go to the gym in the same neighborhood as your work to avoid rush hour traffic. You could also go to a coffee shop in the morning or evening near your work and read a book or listen to music in order to avoid those pesky traffic jams. Not only will you be able to decompress before arriving at home, you will also quickly notice significant gas savings. Furthermore, there are usually many more accidents during rush hour, which makes it safer to avoid driving at those times.

65. Regularly check your car’s suspension and chassis

Misalignment of your car’s suspension and chassis will greatly decrease your car’s efficiency and gas economy.

66. Do frequent checks of your car’s body

Wheels that are bent, springs that are broken, and other noticeable issues will decrease your car’s performance and force it to use unnecessary gas.

67. Become a member at your gas station

Many gas stations offer members deep discounts. Furthermore, some department, grocery, and bulk discount stores offer special gas prices if you use their membership cards at their pump.

68. Avoid gas desperation

If you wait until the last minute to fill up your gas tank, you will be forced to fill up at the first gas station that you encounter. This desperation will force you to fill up at that gas station regardless of the price. Once your gas tank is about one-third to one-quarter full depending on the season, start shopping around for gas. Remember that you also do not want your gas tank to get too low during cold weather. Not only is it dangerous if you happen to get stuck in a traffic jam or unfamiliar area, it is also costly as condensation increases in nearly empty gas tanks.

69. Choose the right exit when filling up your gas tank by a highway

Choose bigger or moderately sized cities as the exit for filling up your gas tank when driving on a highway. You will often find yourself driving many miles before reaching a gas station if you take an exit for a small or nearly non-existent city. Furthermore, larger city exits will usually give you several gas station options, which allow you to pick the one that best fits your needs and wallet. In fact, if you drive just a few miles into the city center, you will usually see that the gas prices drop much lower than those of the gas stations that are clearly visible from the highway. Also, if you are driving a long distance, try filling up your gas tank in more rural and less populous states that have lower costs of living. Even if your gas tank if not empty, filling up in these cheaper states can save you quite a bit of money.

70. Shop online

By shopping online as much as possible, you will eliminate much of your driving and save on gas. Many online retailers offer free shipping or shipping savings if you spend a certain amount.

71. Make sure that the store is actually open

Do not waste gas by driving to a store that is actually closed. Not only is it disappointing to drive all the way to a store only to find out that it is closed, it is also bad for your gas usage and the environment.

72. Make sure that the store carries what you are looking for

Products frequently go out of stock or only certain stores carry it. By calling ahead to make sure that the store carries the item that you are looking for, you will be able to avoid an unnecessary trip. Even better, ask if the store can ship the item directly to you. If the item is not available in your area, many stores will ship it free of charge from another city or state.

73. Drive during off peak times when running errands or going to appointments

Schedule doctor’s appointments and other engagements during off peak times that allow you to avoid traffic jams. Furthermore, avoid running errands during the morning or evening rush. You will find that stores are less crowded during the day time, and parking is also easier to find. As a result, you do not waste gas spending over an hour looking for gas.

74. Comparison shop on your computer not in your car

By comparing prices online before you go to the store, you will be able to avoid wasting gas by driving across town to compare different prices.

75. Rent a vehicle

There are many situations that require renting a car if you wish to save fuel. For instance, avoid making too many trips when you are moving by renting a large enough truck to make a single trip. Additionally, renting a fuel efficient car for longer trips make sense and invariably result in fuel savings.

76. Avoid traffic lights

If you have a choice between driving on a straight road without traffic lights or driving on another road with frequent traffic lights, opt for the one without the traffic lights. Stop and go traffic decrease your car’s fuel efficiency significantly.

77. Turn off the radio

Surprisingly, the radio uses gas. If you are trying to save gas, have your children sing you a song or pretend that you are in a singing competition during your commute instead of automatically turning on your radio.

78. If you must listen to the radio, listen to the right kind of music

Shockingly, the music that you listen to affects the way that you drive. Avoid listening to music that has fast tempos and encourage you to drive recklessly or aggressively. Furthermore, music that has fast tempos encourages drivers to speed, which is a nightmare for gas economy. Instead, opt for music that is calming and do not distract you from the roads. In fact, you may find that listening to relaxing music actually turns your commute into a period of meditation that helps you to arrive in a calm mood at your destination.

79. Check for car leaks

A faulty gas tank can actually leak gas. It is pretty obvious why this is not ideal if you are trying to save gas. Even small leaks can amount to huge costs in fuel over several months, which make it important to get this taken care of quickly.

80. Listen to the traffic report or check it online before you leave

Avoid major accidents and traffic jams by doing your research before leaving. Often people hear about an unfavorable traffic report when they are already on the road and it is too late to avoid it. Traffic reports are only useful if you hear about it in time to alter your driving route.

81. Pay cash at the gas station

Some gas stations charge a surcharge for using credit cards. Having cash on hand for these kinds of situations are a definite plus. Furthermore, avoid using the ATM at gas stations, as they often charge a hefty surcharge. If you are faced with deciding between withdrawing from a gas station ATM or paying the surcharge to use your credit card, using your credit card will usually be the best financial decision.

82. Now slowly, take your left foot away from the brake pedal when driving

Resting your foot on the brake pedal when driving is a bad idea. Even the slightest pressure from your foot on the brake pedal will signal your car that you are trying to slow down your speed, which wastes gas. In fact, studies show that taking your foot away from the brake pedal when driving can save more than $1 per gallon depending on the gas prices.

83. Do not let other people drive your car

By allowing family members or friends to drive your car will usually completely obliterate your gas tank. If people borrow your car on a regular basis for small and inconsequential trips, the trips will still add up over time to make a dent in your gas tank and in your wallet. Come up with an agreement concerning filling up the gas tank prior to allowing anyone to borrow your car. On the other hand, you can make sure that your gas tank is almost empty before allowing someone to borrow it in hopes that they will fill it up. However, this is a risky decision, as some people will drive your car until there is not any gas left in the tank, which will damage your car’s engine.

84. Prepare your windows when parking your car

In the summer months, it is a good idea to roll down your windows a tiny bit when parking to allow air to circulate. The air circulation through the small open space in your windows will keep your car cooler, which means that your air conditioning will not have to work quite as hard to cool down your car when you start it up.

85. Park far away in the parking lot

If you determine beforehand that you are willing to walk, go straight for one of the parking spaces on the far end of the parking lot. Not only is this a healthy habit for your cardiovascular system, it also saves the gas that would be used up by driving through each part of the parking lot looking for a good parking spot.

86. Write in a gas journal when you notice a major mileage blunder or win

If you accidentally did something that you noticed helped or hindered your gas mileage make sure to record it in a journal. By writing it down, you will be more likely to remember it in the future. Furthermore, you should consider sharing it with friends and family members. People are always happy to learn a tip that will help them save gas.

87. Use good driving technique if stuck in traffic

Do not suddenly accelerate only to slam on the brakes when stuck in traffic. Instead, slowly accelerate when traffic starts to move. In contrast, simply let go of the gas pedal and avoid using the brakes when traffic slows down, allowing the weight of the car to gradually bring it to a stop.

88. Buy no-name gas

Instead of buying brand name gas from flashy gas stations that invest in expensive advertisements, opt for the no-name gas from a less-known gas station that is usually less expensive.

89. Turn off your car’s daylights

Although a car’s daylights are often necessary in certain parts of the country that has severe weather such as snow or fog, daylights are sometimes unnecessary. Furthermore, daylights use extra energy that directly uses up more gas. After carefully weighing the safety concerns, decide if turning off your cars daylights may be a good option for you.

90. Drop the hitch, tailgate, or trailer from your car

Extras that attach to the rear of your car can significantly weigh down your car and decrease your car’s aerodynamics, which increase the car’s gas consumption.

91. Do not use gas stations near major attractions

After leaving a theme park or touristy area, do not fill up at the first gas station that you encounter. If you have GPS that can locate a gas station that is one or two miles away, use it. In fact, most gas stations that are located right outside of major attractions are much more expensive. Unfortunately, these gas stations essentially count on the fact that tourists are not familiar with the region and will not know about the better priced gas station that is right around the corner.

92. Anticipate traffic conditions

Instead of dozing off behind the wheel and not paying attention to your surroundings, look at what is happening up ahead. If you see a red light well in advance or a traffic jam that is quickly approaching, you are able to let go of the gas pedal and effectively let your car’s weight slow it down. Not only is this a safer way to drive, it is a cost effective way as well. Gas is wasted and your safety is put at risk if you are talking on the phone while driving and you suddenly look up and see a red light or a stop sign, which require you to slam on the brake pedal, which invariably wastes gas. As an extra incentive, studies show that driving smoothly can save nearly 70 cents per gallon, which can really add up over time.

93. Place an open cooler inside of your car

Before you take a long trip in the summer time that forces you to drive during the hottest part of time, try freezing some ice beforehand. By placing the frozen ice in an open cooler inside of your car, you will be able to keep your car cool without needing to blast the car’s air conditioner on high. As an extra plus, freeze bottles of water that you will be able to drink as they defrost in your car. Not only will you stay hydrated and cool, you will also save gas by not running the air conditioner on high.

94. Talk to people who drive the same car as you about their gas mileage

Often the published gas mileage does not reflect reality. If you are getting fewer miles per gallon than people who drive the same car as you along similar routes, it may be a warning sign that there is something wrong with your car.

95. Purchase gas from wholesale retailers or clubs

Costco and Sam’s Club stores usually have their own gas stations on site that offer members huge discounts.

96. Try to buy gas on Wednesdays

Statisticians claim that Wednesdays are the statistically cheapest day of the week to buy gas, but this may not always be true. Take note of how gas prices fluctuate in your area and buy accordingly.

97. Buy gas a week before major holidays

Gas prices notoriously go up right before major holiday weekends when people are forced to fill up. By buying gas before the crowds flock to the gas pumps, you will be able to save significantly on gas.

98. Buy gas while the hurricane is still forming

Gas prices are astronomically high when evacuations are ordered and a hurricane threatens a region. Accordingly, it is a good idea to fill up your gas tank while the hurricane is still a few days away and evacuations are uncertain.

99. Wash and wax your car

Interestingly, washing and waxing your car improves your car’s aerodynamics, which increases your car’s miles per gallon fuel economy by up to 4%.

100. Avoid huge tires

Large and wide tires require more gas to rotate. If your car does not absolutely require the use of extra large or wide tires, avoid them altogether and rather use normal sized tires.

101. Look for limited retailer specials on gas online

Some retailers offer limited promotions that last for several weeks and help you to save big time on gas. Certain retailers are known to offer savings of up to 10 cents per gallon.

102. Stay away from larger rims

Fancy rims are not only costly; they can also reduce your cars efficiency, thereby increasing your cars fuel consumption.

103. Do not increase the height of your vehicle

Lift kids have become popular in recent years to increase the height of pickup trucks and SUVs in order to mimic monster trucks. However, increasing the height of the vehicle decreases the vehicle’s fuel economy.

104. Get rid of your SUV

SUVs are notorious gas guzzlers and will force you to spend much more on fuel than what is necessary. Plus, parking and maneuvering smaller cars are much easier, which should make the transition away from SUVs much easier.

105. Buy tires that have radial designs

Tires that have radial designs are widely accepted to use less fuel in order to power their rotation. Steel belted radial tires are especially efficient and will quickly offset their higher cost with excellent gas mileage. In fact, steel-belted radial tires can increase your car’s mpg average by almost 10%.

106. Place the larger diameter tires on the rear wheels of your car

Larger diameter tires on the rear wheels will help your car drive more efficiently thereby using less fuel.

107. Pump your own gas

Certain places offer the option of full service gas at an extra fee. Unfortunately, this convenience can add up in the long run and will make your gas bill much larger.

108. Telecommute or work from home

Millions of people telecommute to work each day in modern society. Instead of wasting gas traveling to and from work each day, try telecommuting instead. Some employers prefer that their employees telecommute, as less time is wasted on the roads. Furthermore, a daily commute can be tiresome and reduce the efficiency of employees. If your employer does not already encourage telecommuting, try bringing it up at your next meeting. Otherwise, look for a job that uses your skills and allows you to telecommute or work from home. Sometimes a job is necessary in order to maximize resources and save money.

109. Move closer to your place of employment

Instead of sitting in traffic for hours each day, find a place to live that is close to your work. Some people invest in an apartment that is close to work and only use their house for weekends and holidays. Furthermore, if you live close to your work, you have many more options for your daily commute such as walking, running, rollerblading, or cycling.

110. Combine different forms of transportation

You could easily drive until you are close to the city and then park your car. Hopping on a bicycle or walking from that point to your work could save lots of gas. In fact, traffic usually increases as you approach the city center, making it a good idea to park on the outside of it.

111. Regularly take note of your car’s fuel ration

Fuel ratio can have a huge impact on your gas mileage, which makes it important that you familiarize yourself with the correct fuel ratio for your vehicle and fix it whenever necessary.

112. Avoid passing cars and acting aggressive on the road

Before you overtake a car, make sure that you have a valid reason. If the car is majorly slowing traffic and cars are moving faster up ahead then overtaking the car is justified. However, if you will be forced to slow down again right after you overtake a car it is not justified and will simply waste gas as you engage in a never-ending cycle.

113. Use social networking for long distance travel

Find out online if any of your friends or acquaintances is planning a trip to the same destination. This well help you save on fuel costs and also make the travel time more enjoyable. Also spread the word that you are planning a trip, you never know if one of your friends knows of someone who has the same plan in mind.

114. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination

Being late makes rushing and speeding much more likely, which wastes fuel and increases your chance of being in an accident. It is difficult to observe fuel saving techniques if you are focused on the fact that you are going to be late.

115. Get rid of cars behind you that pressure you to drive faster

On highways, it is best to drive the speed limit if you want to conserve gas but this can be a difficult task if you have someone who is following too closely behind you. One way to get rid of these road bullies is to put on your hazards or turning signals, which will fool them into thinking that there is a technical reason for your driving speed. Most drivers will quickly pass you and you will be left to drive the speed limit without feeling the pressure of a car riding too closely behind you.

116. Set a gas saving goal and give yourself a reward

Instead of viewing gas saving as a chore, view it as something that you can win at. If you set yourself a goal to work towards, you will be more likely to stick with the gas saving techniques. At the end of the six months or few weeks that you give yourself to reach your goal, treat yourself or your car to something nice.

117. Avoid short trips

Procrastinate doing your errands until several have piled up and you can do all of them during the same trip, using your gas efficiently.

118. Avoid drive-thru fast food restaurants, pharmacies, and banks

Idling for long periods of time at a drive-thru window wastes gas. If you do not follow this rule and find yourself in a situation where the car in front of you is waiting for a massive order, turn off your car engine.

119. Do not turn on your car’s heater immediately

Wait until a few minutes into your drive before you start heating up your car on cold days. The car needs to be fully warmed up before the air that blows out of your air conditioning system will be warm. Accordingly, turning on your heater prematurely will waste gas.

120. Have dinner parties and events at your house

By offering to use your home to entertain, you can eliminate the drive to a friend’s house or restaurant. Your friends will appreciate the gesture and never know that you really have gas saving in mind. Furthermore, entertaining at home is usually much less expensive than going to a restaurant, as well as healthier.

121. Let the best driver drive when you are in a group

If multiple people are in the car, allow the person with the best driving reputation drive. By doing this you will not only increase the safety of everyone in the vehicle, you will also save gas.

122. Do not drive at the hottest time of the day

If you drive during the cooler times of the day, you will be able to turn off your air conditioning thereby improving your car’s fuel efficiency.

123. Practice makes perfect

You will not instantly be able to employ all of the gas saving tips at once. Practice one or two until you have mastered them and can see a visible reduction in your gas usage. Gradually add more methods to your daily routine until you are satisfied that you are doing your absolute best at minimizing your car’s gas consumption. Better yet, also involve your kids if you have any in the gas saving process. Kids are great at reminding parents of things that may slip their minds, and those little reminders could really help your gas efficiency in the long run.

124. Strip your car of components that you do not use

This may be too extreme for many individuals, but if you are truly interested in saving the maximum amount of gas, it could be just the right option. Stripping your car of the backseat and passenger seats that are not in use will make your car much lighter and gas efficient. Of course, only consider this option if you are sure that you will not need to transport any passengers anytime in the foreseeable future.

125. Switch to a titanium exhaust

Titanium exhausts weigh a lot less than standard car exhausts, which will reduce your car’s weight and gas consumption.

126. Avoid parallel parking whenever possible

Parallel parking requires a lot of idling and maneuvering that wastes gas. Instead opt for a parking spot that is easy to get into and to leave, which will not only save you time but will also optimize your car’s gas economy.

127. Avoid school zones

School zones are notorious for forcing cars to slow down and idle, only to speed up again moments later after you are out of the special school zone. Slowing down and speeding up wastes gas, which makes it a good idea to avoid them completely.

128. Pay careful attention to other cars in school zones

If you see a school zone coming up ahead, take your foot away from the gas pedal and gradually roll into it instead of having to slam on your breaks right after the school zone sign. Drivers behind you may get annoyed but saving gas is worth it, and all of the cars will even out in the end.

129. Avoid driving behind school buses and city buses

School buses and city buses are notorious for making frequent stops that require cars behind them to stop in order to aid the safety of passengers exiting and entering the bus at those stops. The constant stop and go traffic that buses create do not help your car’s fuel economy, which makes it a good idea to try to get out from behind the bus when the opportunity presents itself.

130. If purchasing a diesel vehicle, invest in a newer common rail version

Common rail diesel cars have only hit the market in the last few years and are virtually non-existent in older cars. By spending a little more on the common rail type of diesel car, you will end up with a car that is nearly ten percent more gas efficient than the older diesel models. Obviously, such an improvement in gas economy makes investing in a common rail diesel worth the extra cost.

131. Ask your friends what they do to save gas

You may be surprised to find out that your friends have discovered their own creative ways to save gas that may be unique to the area that you live in.

132. Avoid areas that have speed bumps

Speed bumps are not ideal for maximizing gas economy, and you should avoid them whenever possible.

133. Purchase eco tires

Environmentally friendly tires have hit the market in recent years and make your car more fuel efficient. Although eco friendly tires are marketed to help protect the environment, they will have pleasant side effects on your wallet when you notice that you are fueling up your car just a little bit less frequently.

134. Find heated parking during the winter

For instance, if you are at a shopping center in a cold part of the country, park your car inside of the heated parking garage instead of outside on the street.

135. Drive in the other car’s tire tracks when there is snow

By following the previous cars’ tire tracks in snowy areas, you will decrease the resistance that your car has to drive over. As a result, your car will be able to use less gas than if you were to drive on the snowy areas that are undisturbed.

136. Avoid crosswinds

This tip is a bit complicated to put into use but can be very helpful if you become familiar with it. Crosswinds significantly increase the resistance that your car must drive against. An easy way to put this tip into use is to avoid driving when there is a storm brewing outside. If the trees outside are visibly affected by the wind and you can see some of them bent to the side, it may be a good idea to stay at home. Not only is it safer not to drive in bad weather conditions that involve crosswinds, it is also a really good way to save gas.

137. Use the economy mode setting in automatic cars

Cars that have automatic transmissions frequently have a special economy mode that affects how your car shifts gears. In the economy mode, the car usually shifts up much sooner than what is necessary and downshifts as late as possible. By maximizing the amount of time that your car is in a higher gear, the economy mode helps you save gas. If you have a car that has a manual transmission, you can implement the exact same technique.

138. Avoid coming to a complete stop

It is illegal to not come to a complete stop at red traffic lights and stop signs. However, it is not illegal to slowly coast into a stop sign or red traffic light in hopes that it will turn green before you reach it.

139. Find shortcuts and use them

Familiarize yourself with your neighborhood and the places that you regularly drive to. Also look at an online map and see if there may be a quicker way to get to your frequent destinations instead of taking the same road out of habit or familiarity.

140. Do not always set your air conditioner to the cold option

Most car air conditioning units have the option to circulate the air without cooling it first. Every now and then when driving on longer trips try switching off the cooling function and only circulate the air.

141. Use heated seats instead of the heater

Instead of turning up the heater to blast hot air on freezing days, turn your heated seats on. Interestingly, heated seats use much less energy and consequently gas than running the car’s heating system.

142. Drive after the city snow plows have done their job

Do not drive during the winter before city snow plows have cleared the road. By only driving after the roads are cleared, you will be optimizing your car’s performance thereby reducing gas consumption.

143. Do not compete with other drivers

If other drivers are working on your nerves do not start acting aggressively behind the wheel. Aggressive driving wastes gas, and also puts your safety at risk.

144. If you drive a hybrid, avoid regenerative braking

Even though regenerative braking in hybrid cars optimize gas usage, it still does not save as much gas as minimizing braking all together. Regenerative braking is a unique feature that transfers the braking energy back to the battery, which obviously allows the car to conserve energy and also gas. However, if you practice good driving methods and minimize any form of braking, you will be able to save the most amount of gas.

145. Rent a truck instead of a trailer

Towing a trailer forces your car to use much more gas than a truck equivalent. Trailers are usually not designed to be as aerodynamic as cars and trucks. As a result, you will be able to optimize gas economy by loading a car or truck instead of a trailer.

146. Store things inside of the car instead of on a rack outside of it

If your bicycle, boxes, or other items can fit inside of your car the store it there. Items outside of your car reduce your car’s aerodynamics and increase its wind resistance, which makes it use more gas.

147. Use your car horn

By using your car horn effectively to warn other drivers, you will be able to avoid sudden stops and turns. As a result you will be able to not only save gas but also avoid unnecessary accidents that are caused by careless or spaced out drivers.

148. Read car newsletters

Insurance companies, car dealerships, online bogs, and auto manufactures frequently release gas saving tips. In addition, newspapers and magazines are constantly coming up with new gas saving strategies to catch the attention of their readers. By keeping your eyes open and being willing to read, you will be surprised at how many gas saving tips are out there.

149. Find a good route and try to use it regularly

By not varying your route, you will be able to increase your familiarity with it as well as the points along the route where you can implement gas saving tips. For instance, if your regular route has a hill that you coast down or if you know that a traffic light always turns back to green after a few seconds, you will be able to easily optimize your driving for those foreseeable conditions.

150. Think of gas as dollar signs

Instead of thinking about saving gas, change your attitude towards gas and start thinking about it as money. If you treat gas as you would dollar signs, you would be more likely to stick with gas saving strategies. Instead of thinking that you are saving a few gallons a month, translate that thought into money and do some easy calculations. There is nothing as motivating than adding up the long term savings of conserving gas.

151. Think about the environment

As gas prices consistently rise, people often lose sight of the fact that conserving gas is also good for the environment. Wasting gas is very detrimental to the environment in a variety of ways, which are certainly not limited to the effects of pollution. If the monetary incentive is not enough to help you mentally stick with gas saving strategies, consider how you are helping the environment and making the planet a better place to live in for yourself, and your future descendants.

152. Purchase a block heater for your car

An electric block heater is an ideal option for quickly warming up your car in colder areas. In the long run, the block heater can save you quite a bit of money per tank of gas, in the vicinity of one dollar for each gallon. In fact, using a block heater allows your car to conserve energy by warming it up without drawing energy from the car’s engine and using up gas.

153. Choose the hottest vehicle

The hottest vehicle is not the one that looks the best, but rather the one that was driven most recently. If you are leaving to go somewhere and have a choice between several cars, choose the one that is still warm from a recent trip. This strategy will help the car have better gas economy as it will not need to warm up.

154. Avoid areas that have road construction

This may seem obvious, but construction is notorious for slowing down traffic and creating stop and go situations that waste gas. By avoiding areas that have road construction, you will be able to both speed up your trip and maximize your car’s gas economy.

155. Carry extra large loads on the back of the vehicle

This rule applies to carrying loads on the outside of the vehicle. Although it is best to completely avoid carrying loads on the outside of your vehicle if you are interested in preserving your car’s aerodynamics, sometimes it is not feasible. Instead of carrying the load on your car’s roof, place it on a rack or trailer behind your car. By placing items on the roof of your car, you will reduce your car’s aerodynamics much more than if you place it on the back of your car, which makes the latter option best for conserving gas.

156. Drive behind the slower cars on the highway

If you are able to spot another car on the highway that is driving the speed limit and therefore slower than the other cars, pull in behind it. By using this method you will be able to make sure that you do not go over the speed limit and driving at the speed limit helps you to conserve gas. Furthermore, people who feel awkward being the slowest car on the road will be able to avoid feeling like they are the ones who are slowing down the traffic by mentally placing the blame on the car in front of them.

157. Make space in your garage for your car

It is always a good idea to park your car under some sort a shelter, and a garage is ideal. Instead of using your garage for storage, clean it out and park your car inside. Your car will be able to warm up more quickly, which will help you save quite a bit in gas over time.

158. Use a beaded seat cover in place of your air conditioning unit

Beaded seat covers work really well to create a stream of circulation between you and your seat. As a result, you will be able to eliminate the sweaty and sticky feeling, which will make you less likely to be tempted to turn on your air conditioning system.

159. Invest in a cold vest

Remarkably, certain retailers sell ice vests that work to keep your body cold. This is a fairly extreme measure, but it will certainly help you save gas when you turn your air conditioning unit off.

160. Brake hard whenever necessary

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes braking hard is more ideal for gas conservation than a steady slow down. In some situations, breaking hard is necessary and it is best to immediately do it instead of trying other techniques first. You will only be placing your safety at risk and delaying the inevitable, which makes a hard brake a good gas saving option under the right circumstances!

161. Use your brakes as a last resort in manual transmission cars

Manual transmission drivers have the option to downshift instead of using their brakes, which increases the amount of time that they spend coasting and conserving gas.

162. Do not drive during storms

Driving during inclement weather is a very bad idea if you are trying to save gas. Your car is designed to function at its optimum during good weather, and it will also use the least amount of gas when it is nice outside. Wind, rain, snow, sleet, and hail all increase the amount of resistance that your car has to combat to get from point A to point B, which also increases the amount gas it uses.

163. Drive without shoes if it is legal where you live

Driving without shoes allows you to be able to more finely determine how much you are accelerating. By moderating the accelerator carefully, you will be able to avoid using unnecessary gas. In fact, people sometimes have a difficult time determining just the right amount of pressure on the accelerator pedal, which results in giving too much gas and needing to apply the brakes, which obviously wastes gas.

164. Drive with very thinly soled shoes if driving barefoot is illegal

Thin soled shoes have been used for decades by professional drivers who need to know exactly how much pressure they are placing on the accelerator. By giving the feel of driving barefoot, you will be able to become in sync with the gas pedal and only give the perfect amount of pressure.

165. If forced to drive in crosswinds, pick a route that has barriers

Large trees and high buildings can protect your car from crosswinds that increase wind resistance, which force your car to use more gas to drive the same distance.

166. Do not use the 4 wheel drive option unless absolutely necessary

The 4 wheel drive function in cars increases the amount of friction on the engine and other parts of your car, which dramatically decrease the car’s gas economy.

167. Buy the optimal exhaust for your car model

By consulting a professional mechanic to determine the right exhaust for your car, you will be able to significantly reduce your gas usage. Furthermore, make sure that older cars have the right size silencer fitted to the exhaust. In fact, silencers that are too big or too small can reduce both the miles per gallon of your car as well as its horsepower. Replacing your car’s exhaust or silencer may be quite an expense but it will pay for itself in the long run.

168. Drive in a convoy

When several cars travel in series and at the same speed, aerodynamics works to their advantage thereby saving gas. For the same reason, it is a good idea to avoid driving when you will be the only car on the road, as that same aerodynamic effect will be noticeably absent. Also, make sure that you use a good following distance when driving in a convoy formation with other cars or risk a serious accident.

169. Do not drive at a low transmission range

If your car enables you to choose between driving at a high or low transmission range, choose the lower range. In fact, you will be able to optimize your revs per minute at the lower range, which minimizes gas consumption at all speed levels and in any gear.

170. Do not spin your wheels

This may seem obvious, but spinning wheels and thereby activating your traction control greatly impacts your car’s gas economy.

171. At intersections look at the light and the pedestrian crossing signal

Even if the light is still green, you can effectively determine if it is about to turn red by glancing over at the pedestrian crossing signal. If the pedestrian crossing signal is flashing a warning or countdown, you can be assured that your light is also about to turn. Using this information, you can slow down and prepare to come to a full stop without wasting gas by slamming on your brakes.

172. Push your car if you only need to move it a few feet

If you need to empty your garage for whatever reason, push your car to the outside instead of starting the engine only to drive it a few feet. Most cars are very easy to push just a few feet if you switch it into neutral and let go of the handbrake.

173. If running your car near empty, push the car to start

If you seriously need to conserve gas and your tank is almost empty, push your car before starting it so that you can use the car’s momentum to initially propel it. However, this method only works if you happened to park on a hill or incline.

174. Before a long trip, buy gas in your own city

If you know that you will be driving a long distance, purchase gas before you leave your city or familiar territory. You should already be familiar with the best gas stations in your area, and it is a good idea to take advantage of this knowledge. Finding good gas deals in another city will be much trickier and you are much more likely to fall into a high priced gas trap than you are in your own city.

175. Correct your car’s wheel alignment

Improper wheel alignment increases aerodynamic drag on your car’s engine when driving, which reduce your car’s gas economy. Correcting wheel alignment can be easily fixed by any auto mechanic, and it is worthwhile to get it taken care of as soon as possible.

176. Look at government fuel economy ratings

The government releases gas mileage estimates for all models of cars, which allow you to pinpoint the best car to invest in. You could easily save at least a thousand dollars in gas expenses annually by buying a car that gets just a few more miles per gallon than your current one.

177. Invest in a mail order or online movie account

Companies such as Netflix allow subscribers to stream movies online or have them delivered at their home. This helps people to avoid wasting gas by renting movies from other locations that require them to pick them up and drop them off. Furthermore, by getting in the habit of watching movies at home, you will be able to decrease trips to the movie theater, which helps you save money in gas as well as other areas.

178. Stay stocked up on basic food items

Avoid unnecessary trips to the grocery store by always having basics to make dinner, lunch, and breakfast on hand. For instance, stock up on plenty of soup cans, frozen vegetables, frozen dinners, and powdered milk. You can also freeze bread. Consequently, you will be able to avoid a trip to the grocery store at the last minute simply to pick up one or two items, and stretch the time between grocery trips.

179. Keep an ongoing grocery list in an easy to reach place

By making the grocery list easily accessible to yourself and other household members, you will be able to consistently update it as you notice that you are running out of items. Better yet, make a policy of updating the grocery list as soon as you notice that an item is running particularly low. A complete grocery list will enable you to make the most of your trip to the grocery store and prevent forgetfulness that leads to only needing to go back to the grocery for one or two essential items.

180. Have your children take the school bus

Instead of driving your children to school, have them take the school bus, which will save you gas. Also, make sure that your children do not miss the bus. Children who perpetually run late and miss the school bus are well-known for forcing parents to rush to school, which undoubtedly wastes gas.

181. Make sure that your children do not forget items at home

Have a check list to make sure that your children do not forget important items at home before leaving for school, trips, play dates, or sleepovers. This well help you to avoid wasting gas by needing to turn around to go back home to pick up the item or to make an extra trip later in the day to take the item to them.

182. Car pool with your spouse or significant other

If you and your spouse or significant other work in the same vicinity or if one’s place of employment is located along the route towards the other’s place of employment, try only using one vehicle. By carpooling with your spouse, you will be able to save on gas and have a few extra minutes of quality time every day.

183. Store extra gasoline in a spare container with a proper lid in a safe place

You can easily purchase extra gas when the prices are very reasonable to use in case of an emergency. However, this practice does carry some risks, which makes it a good idea to store it in the safest way possible. Make sure that the spare gas container is out of the reach of children and not anywhere near heat or flames. Always use extra caution when storing gas and do not cut any corners. Nevertheless, this is a particularly good option for people who live in rural areas and far away from decently priced gas station. By filling up with a gallon or two of spare gas when you suddenly realize that your car is on empty, you will be able to make your way into the city and fill up all the way with cheaper gas.

184. Install a mile per gallon meter in your car

Mile per gallon meters allow you to precisely calculate your car’s fuel economy and easily keep track of it. Although a mile per gallon meter will not actually help you to save gas directly, it will help you to increase awareness and quickly determine the gas saving methods that work best for your car.

185. Set aside one day each week that you avoid driving

By having one day of the week that you outlaw errands and driving, you will quickly start to see gas savings in the long run. In fact, by eliminating driving from one day of the week, you will essentially force yourself to think ahead and plan errands thereby combining trips during the rest of the week.

186. Be a one car family or individual

By only owning one car, you will be forced to better plan trips and carpool with other family members. As a result, you will see a significant decrease in your gas expenditures. Furthermore, only owning one vehicle eliminates extra insurance costs and car maintenance fees.

187. Do not accelerate on an incline

For optimal gas economy, accelerate prior to reaching the hill or incline and then maintain that speed when going up the incline and take your foot off the accelerator on your way down the incline.

188. Take turns driving with other parents

Instead of being the parent that always shuttles the children back and forth, make sure to have some sort of agreement with other parents. By sharing the responsibility of driving children to play dates and events, you will save gas. This is especially important if your child is heavily involved in extracurricular activities, and you always find yourself shuttling around other people’s children and never seeing the favor returned. Nevertheless, make sure that you know the driving record of the other parents and that you are willing to entrust your child’s safety to their care. If not, paying a little extra in gas is well worth knowing that your child is in good hands, your own.

189. Do not buy gas that contains ethanol

Gas that contains ethanol has been proven to reduce your fuel mileage. Try to avoid gas that contains ethanol by finding a local gas station that carries non-ethanol fuel. Fuel containing ethanol burns faster than fuel without ethanol, so avoid fuel containing ethanol at all costs!

190. Do not let your car’s tank reach empty

Empty tanks allow gasoline to evaporate very easily, which wastes gas.

191. Disengage the automatic choke

Chokes that are stuck reduces fuel efficiency due to a less than desirable gas and air mixture. By checking that the automatic choke is disengaged when you are sure that the engine in warmed up will help you to avoid this gas wasting scenario. One way that your car warns you that the automatic choke is not disengaged is when the car is revving without you noticeably doing anything to cause it.

192. Give manual transmissions the chance to cool down

When idling at unavoidable places such as a railroad crossing or an extra-long traffic light, switch into a neutral gear. In fact, a neutral gear allows your transmission to cool down, which reduces strain on the transmission and unnecessary gas consumption.

193. Do not weave through traffic

Stay in your lane and do not waste gas by repeatedly speeding up and slowing down by weaving through traffic lanes.

194. Use overdrive gears

Learn how to use overdrive gears in your car properly. Ask a knowledgeable friend or family member to teach you how to correctly use overdrive gears, as they greatly help you to get the most out of your car’s gas mileage.

195. Attempt drafting

Although this technique is best utilized by experienced drivers, it is something that is worth trying in a safe area for drivers who are interested in saving gas. People usually assume that drafting requires unsafe tailgating but this is not always the case. In fact, you can successfully use the draft winds that help propel your car by staying a safe following distance behind large trucks.

196. Purchase an alternative fuel vehicle

AFV’s use methanol, ethanol, or a special compressed form of natural gas, electricity, or liquefied petroleum gas. These alternative fuels are often cheaper and more environmentally friendly. You can also professionally modify your car to use substances like vegetable oil if you plan on being very hardcore about gas saving methods.

197. Stay behind trucks when in heavy traffic

Truck drivers are trained to gently coast in traffic jams and usually have very minimal stops and speedups. As a result, you will be able to gently roll along behind the truck, without feeling the pressure to keep up with the traffic jam. At the end of the day, you will ultimately end up at the destination around the same time as the other cars but you will have used much less gas to get there.

198. Close the tailgate of a pickup truck

Closing the tailgate of a pickup truck helps the truck to optimize its aerodynamics, thereby reducing its gas consumption.

199. Wait to leave your parking spot until you can easily maneuver out of it

If there is a buildup of cars around your parking spot, wait to turn on your car until the other cars have left the region that surrounds your car. You will thus eliminate wasting gas by idling while you wait for other cars to navigate around you.

200. Purchase a torque converter for automatic transmissions

Torque converters are set to lock up at specific preset speeds, which greatly increase your car’s gas economy. One drawback of the torque converter is that it usually only works at one speed, which could create problems if you are frequently navigating between both high and low speeds.



 

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