How often do you drive? If you are anything like me, it seems like you have to get in the car to drive somewhere daily. Between being a taxi driver for the kids and commuting to work vehicle expenses can climb quickly. These expenses vary, but one way that we can save money is by cutting down on our fuel costs. There are quite a few things than can affect the fuel mileage in your vehicle, so making just a few changes can do the trick.
Here are 6 tips that you can Implement to cut down on your fuel costs:
Keep up on your vehicle’s maintenance
Proper maintenance is key in maximum fuel efficiency. From keeping it tuned up, to correct fluid levels and keeping your tires properly inflated, all of these maintenance tips help improve your vehicle’s efficiency.
Clean out your car
If you are the type to carry around lots of extra stuff in your car, you should reconsider. Extra weight decreases your fuel mileage.
Carpool for work and Kids Activities
Carpooling is a great way to save money on fuel and vehicle expenses. If you have a co worker that lives nearby, approach them with the idea of carpooling. It would cut your commuting expense literally in half! The same is true for kids school and after school activities. Share commuting expenses by teaming up and driving each other’s kids to school or practice. Not only will this save you money, but it will also save you time!
Drive a fuel Efficient Vehicle
If you commute to work daily, you will certainly save more money driving a fuel efficient car than you will be driving a big truck or SUV. Fuel efficient vehicles tend to be cheaper to buy too.
If your work offers you the opportunity to telecommute, take it! Even once or twice a week can help you save big on fuel!
Combine Your Trips
If you have a lot of errands to run, try to combine them into one trip instead of several. Also, make sure to take care of all errands on one side of town during the same trip so that you are not fighting traffic and going back and forth.
Also, try to make sure to schedule your errands during non high traffic times. Rush hour traffic means a lot of idling and a lot of stop and go. Not only is this bad for fuel efficiency, it is also hard on your vehicle and cuts down on its life span.