You Can Save Money With Your Current Vehicle

You Can Save Money With Your Current Vehicle


If you arent in a position to trade in your current vehicle, then finding ways to save on gas is the best alternative.

If you aren't in a position to trade in your current vehicle, then finding ways to save on gas is the best alternative.

With gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon, many drivers have been having a tough time of it. For so many years, We’ve been used to paying very little for the privilege of filling up that the recent big price increases have forced people to try to find all kinds of ways to save on gas. We’re not likely to ever see cheap gas prices again, but instead of trading in your current ride for something more fuel efficient, there are some steps you can take to improve gas mileage today.

Change The Oil – Simply put, an efficiently running engine devours less fuel. If you haven’t changed your oil in some time, then do that immediately. Besides, clean oil will do a much better job of lubricating and protecting you engine than oil that is old and has broken down.

Properly Inflate Your Tires – If haven’t checked your tires for some time, you may be spending more on fuel than necessary. By keeping your tires adequately inflated you could stem a drop in fuel economy by about ten percent.

Replace The Air Filter – If your engine’s air filter is clogged, it will make your motor work harder and force it to consume more fuel. Consider replacing the paper air filter with a cotton gauze based performance filter to maximize fuel economy. You’ll pay a little extra for the long lasting filter, but it could be the last air filter your car will ever need.

Replace The Spark Plugs – If you haven’t had a tune up in several years, consider changing the spark plugs and adjusting the timing as a misfiring engine consumes more fuel. Keep in mind that many new cars come equipped with spark plugs that last from 60-100,000 miles, therefore check your owner’s manual for maintenance guidance.

Keep The Top Clear – If possible, do not pack stuff on top of your car the next time you take a long trip. The wind drag can reduce fuel mileage by as much as five percent.

Go Light – For each additional 100 lbs. or so of stuff packed into your car, you can cause fuel economy to drop by 1-2%. If you really don’t need to bring it, then leave it at home.

Avoid Jackrabbit Starts – Quick starts burn up more gas, so do your car a favor and lighten your foot’s hold on the accelerator. Leave the fast starts to the NASCAR set.

Interstate Advice – When taking long trips, stay within the posted speed limit, use the lowest gear, and when possible turn off the air-conditioner to save on fuel.

Consolidate Your Trips – Not an easy task for some, but driving fewer miles means you will use less gas. If you cannot cut back on your trips, consider combining errands to save on fuel.

Finally, if you are planning on replacing certain automotive parts, consider choosing select performance parts as they not only produce more power, but can help your engine run more effectively. Parts such as cold air intakes, performance exhaust systems, and reusable air filters are some of the products that can help you save on fuel.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".