It’s summer, which may mean traveling with family or friends, or just driving around town. Whatever summer driving you’ll be doing, it won’t come cheap – summertime is usually synonymous with higher gas prices. This year you can save at the pump by following a few simple tips.
- Use cruise control – When you use cruise control your vehicle stays at a constant speed. This reduces speeding up and slowing down, and prevents you from using more gas.
- Use cash when filling up – A lot of gas stations have been advertising cheaper gas prices on billboards, and then charging more at the pump. The cheaper prices are for cash payments and the more expensive ones are for those who pay with credit card at the pump.
- Keep your tires properly inflated – Tires that are correctly inflated will get better gas mileage and can add up to three percent to your fuel economy. Your tires will also wear properly, meaning you won’t have to replace them as often.
- Get your oil changed regularly – The recommendation for most vehicles is every 3,000 miles or every three months. If you change it this often, your engine will stay well lubricated and run more efficiently, which means better gas mileage.