With rising gas prices, you probably think more about how much money you’re spending each week as you fill up. Cutting back on the amount of gas you use each week not only saves you money. It also helps our environment in Texas by reducing energy consumption.
Here are 4 tips to help you save money at the gas pump:
1. Slow down. Driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve your gas mileage by almost 15%. This will also help you avoid slamming on your brakes. Sudden braking and quick acceleration lower your gas mileage and make you a hazard on Texas roads.
2. Plan your trips. Think about where you’re going before you hop in the car. Create a route listing all your stops so you won’t have to retrace any of your steps. If you need to go to the grocery store and pick up something from the mall on the other side of town, consider shopping at a grocery store closer to the mall.
3. Buy the right octane for your car. Your owners’ manual will tell you what octane gas is best for your car. Most cars run better on lower octane gas. Save yourself the money, and stop buying premium.
4. Keep up with your car’s maintenance. Texas summers are hot, and this can take its toll on your car. Tune-ups and oil changes improve your vehicle’s performance. When your vehicle runs better it gets better gas mileage.