Crude oil prices hike as the US phases out it’s Russian imports for the remainder of the year. AAA, State Farm, Gas Buddy and Consumer reports want to help consumers save as much money as they can on gasoline. Here are tips on how you can save on gas:
- Avoid high speeds. As your speed increases, so too does your aerodynamic drag — for most vehicles, State Farm says, mileage decreases exponentially above 50 miles per hour. Experts recommend staying at or below the speed limit, use cruise control and keep speeds consistent.
- Combine short trips. Warm engines run more efficiently than cold ones, so experts say run multiple errands at once.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. In addition to being safer, properly inflated tires can last longer and improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent per tire, AAA says. Plus, State Farm recommends having your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to evenly distribute wear and tear.
- Don’t accelerate or brake too hard. GasBuddy says applying “slow steady acceleration and braking” can increase your fuel economy by as much as 20 percent. What does that actually look like? State Farm’s advice: As you approach a stop sign or traffic light, take your foot off the gas earlier and let your car downshift before braking. AAA also suggests accelerating only before you reach a hill, not while you’re on it.
- Lighten your load. Extra weight makes your vehicle consume more gas. Take out extra tires, car seats and sandbags, in the spring — from your trunk and back seat.
- Avoid idling. Idling (leaving the engine running while the vehicle isn’t moving) uses more fuel than restarting the engine, according to State Farm. AAA says idling burns 1 gallon of gas per hour. Turn your car completely off to save fuel and cut down on emissions.
- Get your car serviced regularly. Experts say routine maintenance will help your car run more efficiently. Regular tuneups and inspections can help you avoid and fix problems like dirty air filters, old spark plugs, low fluid levels, bent wheels, bad shocks and broken springs. Also, waxing the outside of your car can increase your mileage. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should include recommended maintenance intervals.
At the gas station
AAA and Consumer Reports also have some advice for your next trip to the pump:
- Avoid overfilling your tank — stop at the first “click” of the fuel nozzle.
- Make sure the gas cap clicks three times after you’re done filling up, to prevent fuel from vaporizing.
- Use apps and websites like Gas Guru, GasBuddy and MapQuest to check local prices and find the cheapest fuel near you.