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A car can be a pretty expense when you factor in insurance, licences, fuel and maintenance. I know I would be far better off if I had never bought a car but I do need one but it doesn’t mean that I can’t take a few steps to saving money on my car expenses. There are a number of small things you can do to save money on our car expenses.
Quick Tips to Saving Money on Car Expenses
- Rotate your tires on a regular basis and keep your tires properly inflated. Doing both of these will not only ensure your tires last longer but will also save you gas money.
- Remove heavy items from your trunk, truck bed or backseat. Extra weight means that you are spending more on gas money.
- Drive less aggressively and watch your speed. Speeding and driving like a maniac will just cost you more gas money and will do more wear and tear on your vehicle costing you more in the long run.
- Do proper maintenance on your car and make sure you get a tune up on a regular basis.
- Don’t let your car idle or warm up in the drive way on cold days. You are literally just burning gas. Experts have also stated that idling your car for extended periods of time can do damage to your vehicle’s engine.
You can also shop around for cheap gas but I would suggest to a point. Driving far out of your way for small savings probably is not saving you much money in the long run.
These are just a few simple tips on how to save on your car expenses. Following these tips will not only save you gas money but also on expenses and maintenance on your vehicle.
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How to Save Money on Gas in the Winter
Many of us may not realize that we use more gas in our car during the winter time. Your gas efficiency can drop as much as 20% when the weather dip below freezing. There are many reasons for this such as a cold engine takes longer to reach maximum efficiency, cold air causes more drag and people let their cars idle or warm up for too long. All of these have negative effects on your gas mileage and bill.
If you want to save money on gas in the winter time follow these tips:
- Don’t let your car warm up for too long. It will warm up faster while driving. You are getting zero miles to the gallon while it is warming up in your driveway.
- Don’t use defrosters or seat warmers when not necessary they use too much power.
- Check your tire pressure regularly to maximize your ride. You should do this all year round.
- Remove any roof racks or anything else that might promote air drag.
- Park your car in a warm place like a garage or where it might get the benefit of full sun during the day.
- Use a cold weather oil.
- Drive reasonably. Jack rabbit starts and stops waste fuel.
Follow these simple tips and you will be well on your way to saving gas money for your car and putting a little extra in our pockets.
If you are a frequent car user like myself then you are well aware of the costs associated with maintaining your vehicle and more importantly the cost of gas. Gas can be one of your larger expenses in your budget if you have a long to commute to work or travel frequently. Here are a few tips to help you save money by cutting down on your gas and fuel expenses for your car or vehicle.
Save Gas Money Tips
1. Make sure you tires are properly inflated. Riding on tires that are either over or under inflated will cost you money. Look for the sticker inside your car door, on your tire or in your glove box for the proper inflation numbers.
2. Get rid of extra weight in your vehicle. You wouldn’t hall a trailer around all summer so don’t fill your trunk with heavy items.
3. Gas Buddy. About two months ago I downloaded this free app for my iPhone and glad I did. It takes two seconds to get the latest gas prices. The app relies on users submitting gas prices and it works. I don’t go to the same place any more out of habit. I go to the cheapest and closest.
4. Don’t buy gas after Wednesday morning. I run an errand every Wednesday morning and noticed that by mid-morning gas prices were shooting up. I searched online and this is true. Gas prices creep up after Wednesday morning as we move towards the weekend.