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Earlier last week my husband and I were getting some gas for our cars, heading home we were looking at stations on the way. My husband found $3.47/gallon while I found $3.11/gallon on the other side of town.
When looking at some old posts, I noticed how gasoline was about $2.07/gallon in December 2009. I can't believe I miss $2/gallon, but I do. I have a feeling we'll see gas prices fluctuate again this year.
Right now they seem to be rising, so we're looking for ways to keep our gasoline bills manageable.
Cutting Down on Gas
If you're looking to cut down on your gasoline bills, becoming a better and smarter driver is important. These tips have saved us some money at the gas pump. I hope they can help you too.
- Use a gasoline spreadsheet. Being an organized person, my husband created a gas mileage. He keeps his receipts and enters the information in batches. He's been doing it for years. I'm not as consistent as he is, but tracking my mileage has helped me to notice how my car is doing. I've scheduled needed tune ups and repairs after reviewing gas mileage on my car.
- Be consistent with your driving speed. Don't have a lead foot when driving. Stop and go driving decreases your fuel efficiency. Try to maintain your speed when you're driving on the highway. Try to use cruise control when it you can to help you be steady with speed.
- Don't keep the car running. If you’re picking up someone as a favor, do yourself one and turn your car off if it'll be longer than a minute or two.
- Keep your car light. Less weight means better mileage, so remove any junk in your trunk. Having a heavy load can take its toll as you drive around town.
- Be a part of a carpool. Do you want to help the environment, save money at the gas pump, and reduce the wear and tear on your car? Carpooling to work or even when doing errands can be better for your finances. The added bonus is you can have some time to catch up with friends and coworkers.
- Combine errands to minimize unnecessary trips. Instead of doing several trips around the city throughout the week, I combine trips into two or three days during the week.
Tracking Your Car's Gas Mileage
If you’re interested in tracking your gas mileage, here are some free spreadsheets I found on the web.
How do you know if your gas mileage is good for your vehicle model? The U.S. Department of Energy has the shared MPG estimates of many makes and models. Search for yours to see what you can expect. According to the government's site:
A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $768 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.07).
That's quite a bit of money. Even if you improve your car's mpg by 5, that's still hundreds of dollars saved!
Thoughts on Rising Gas Prices
How have you been doing lately? Has rising gasoline prices affected your car driving lifestyle? What’s the price of gasoline in your area?
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