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How to save on gas

Over the next several months, it is predicted that many American consumers will notice an increase in gas prices. Damage to oil refineries on the West Coast and trade sanctions against several Middle Eastern countries is predicted to send the price of a gallon of gas above $4. Fortunately, there are a few ways to save money on gas.

  1. Reduce how much weight you’re hauling around. On a typical car, every extra one hundred pounds of weight will increase fuel consumption by two percent. Start by cleaning out your car and removing everything from it that isn’t necessary. Next, talk to a mechanic about replacing your car hood and doors with lower-weight carbon fiber components. While this is a big investment, it might pay off if you plan to keep your car for several years.

  2. Look for sales and promotions on gas. A lot of gas stations now have dedicated credit cards that allow you to save up to ten cents per gallon. While this isn’t a lot, it can help. Also look for stations that offer a discount when you pay with cash or buy something in the convenience store.

  3. Keep your vehicle operating properly. An inefficient engine can use up a lot more gas than usual. Keep your car at peak performance by keeping up with oil and air filter changes. If there are any mechanical issues with your car, make getting them fixed a priority. Also be sure to check your tire pressure.

  4. Combine and plan your trips. Nearly ten percent of fuel consumed in this country is wasted sitting in traffic or otherwise idling a car. Plan your trips so that you are traveling during the least busy times of day, and try to combine as many errands into one trip as possible.

  5. Get more exercise. While very few people have jobs that let them bike to work, try to walk or pedal a bike when running errands or visiting friends. You’ll also save money on both gas and gym membership fees. You may also qualify for discounts on your health insurance premiums.

  6. Change your work schedule. Many employers offer flexible work schedules. Instead of working for five eight hour days each week, work four ten hour days. Your employer gets the same amount of work and the benefit of extended office manning, and your gas costs for commuting to work are cut by 20%.

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