In reality, there are several easy ways to save money at the gas pump. Follow these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to keep your summer travels budget-friendly.
• Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas.
• Gas mileage can be reduced 15-30 percent at highway speeds, or 10-40 percent in stop-and-go traffic. This is equivalent to 27¢-$1.08 per gallon.
Observe the speed limit
• Not only is it safer, but it can help you save money.
• Gas mileage rapidly declines at speeds above 50 mph.
• Every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional 19 cents per gallon.
Lose the weight
• Using your trunk for storage can cost you by way of lower fuel economy.
• Remove unnecessary items from your vehicle.
• An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle reduces your miles per gallon by about 1 percent. That’s like paying an additional 3 cents per gallon for every 100 pounds.
Use cruise control
• Cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed.
• Conversely, constant throttling at high speeds consumes gasoline much faster.
Avoid excess idling
• Idling uses a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour.
• Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked.
• It only takes 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle.
• This saves time and money.
• Fuel economy is better when your engine is warmed up and you make multiple stops.
• Keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure can improve your gas mileage up to 3 percent. It can mean the difference of a couple cents per gallon.
• Find the recommended tire pressure on a sticker located on the driver’s side door jamb.