When times are tough filling the gas tank can be hard. It is hard on the wallet, and in some cases it means having to use a credit card to be able to afford the high prices. The following is a look at some of the things you can do to boost your gas mileage, or save on gas during tough times.
First, let's look at ways to use less gas:
Using less gas is the best way to save on gas when times are tough. Besides helping your car get better fuel economy, which we will look at later, here are some ideas for using less gas.
Drive less, if you live within a mile of your destination, walk to it, you may have to leave a few minutes earlier, and wear more comfortable shoes, but you will save money. You can extend this concept to further destinations by riding a bike, ride the bus or other public transit, or you could even join a carpool so that you do not have to drive as often. In addition to using alternative methods to driving, plan your errand running, etc. better so you do not have to go out and drive as often. Combine errand running, and make lists so you never forget anything causing you to go back.
If you can do so easily, reduce your commute by moving closer to work or working closer to home. If you have a work that lets you work from home on occasion, take advantage of that option.
Park in the first spot you find, even if it is not the closest spot. Walking will do you good, and it will mean less gas from sitting idle waiting for a spot to open up.
Now let's look at ways to save at the pump:
Gas prices are not negotiable, but there are some ways to save money at the pump.
Find good prices by using websites dedicated to helping you find good prices, such as gasbuddy.com, GasPriceWatch.com, GasPricesRelief.com etc. These sites often tell you the station with the best price in your area, and some allow you to sign up for text message updates. Also, if you worry more about price then brand you can save a lot. If you are buying the same octane, there is very little difference between brands, except for those that add cleaning agents to their gas.
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