Tips to Saving Fuel During the Summer

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Vacation season is creeping up on us!  With summer recess, Memorial Day, summer roadtrips, and family reunions soon upon us, there will be a jump in prices at the gas station. Gasoline prices at the pump can take a toll on your pocketbook.  Here are seven ways you can save the next time you decide to “filler-up.”

  1. Shop for the best price. When your fuel gauge is half-full start looking. Buying gas at wholesale clubs can save you up to 12 cents a gallon.
     
  2. Service your vehicle regularly. A poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by up to 50%.
     
  3. Fill your gas tank in the morning or late evening when it is cool outside.   It will help reduce fuel evaporation.
     
  4. Avoid excessive idling. Turn off the engine if you’re idling more than two minutes. Idling increases gas consumption by one gallon per hour.
     
  5. Park in the shade. You’re less likely to use your air conditioner if your car is cooler. When driving on the highway, keep your windows up to reduce air drag, which can reduce your gas mileage by 10%.
     
  6. Make sure your tires are inflated adequately. Under inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by 5%.
     
  7. Avoid “fast starts.” They not only increase fuel consumption, but increase tire wear.