10 Ways to Cut Your Fuel Bill
Save Some Money on Gas
The price of fuel is always changing. It’s a fact we all have to live with. The good news is that there are several things you can do to keep your fuel consumption to a minimum. Some are actually really easy to do.
Big Sky Collision Center, your source for auto body work and auto detailing in Billings, has the solution for you. Here are 10 of the easiest ones to help improve your car’s fuel economy so you can save on gas.
Maintain the efficiency of your vehicle
Regular maintenance is recommended so your car will run at its maximum efficiency. And that includes maximum fuel economy. Don’t think for a second that you save on cost by foregoing scheduled check-ups. On the contrary, failure to do necessary replenishments (ex. coolant, oil and other fluids) and replacements (ex. oil filters, air filters) can increase not just fuel cost, but might result in unnecessary damage that could easily have been prevented through regular maintenance checks. An engine that is properly maintained is simply more efficient in every way than one that isn’t.
Keep your tires properly inflated
Make it a point to check your tires regularly to ensure they have the correct pressure. An under-inflated tire will be unable to carry as much weight as your car should be able to, increasing your car’s rolling resistance, and consequently needing more fuel to keep it running and maintain the same speed.
Don’t carry unnecessary weight
The heavier your load is, the more fuel your car needs to move that weight. So just bring what you need whenever you drive around in your car. And don’t fall into that routine of leaving stuff in your car (especially heavy stuff like golf clubs, baby strollers, camping gear, and all kinds of unneeded junk) just because you know you’re going to need to bring it again anyway.
Plan your day better
Starting a car from a cold engine uses more fuel for the first few miles. So if you need to go to several places and do multiple errands within a day, try combining some trips together so you take fewer trips, instead of having to go out every few hours.
Well, we all know that’s easier said than done. If there’s no choice for you but to drive during the rush hour, at least practice smart driving. This means travelling steadily at a slow speed, keeping safe distance between you and the car ahead of you rather than having to constantly accelerate and brake. When you see a stop coming, instead of maintaining your speed then braking suddenly, let up on your gas and slowly coast to a stop. And when the traffic light turns green, instead of stepping on the gas right away, let up on your brake, let your car coast on its own, and then slowly hit your accelerator. Always keep this in mind: you use up more fuel by taking off from a complete stop; you use less by keeping your car moving.
Don’t drive as if you always need to get ahead of everybody else. Drive patiently, slowly switching from one gear to the next, accelerating smoothly until you reach the highest gear. Then you can travel at a constant speed, ideally at 50-55 mph. Go over that speed limit and the time you save in getting to your destination faster will easily be offset by the additional fuel you consume by driving at a higher speed. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fuel economy can be increased by 10 – 15 percent by driving at the speed of 55 mph instead of 65 mph.
Refrain from idling
Idling doesn’t just waste fuel; it causes pollution too. So if you have to stop for more than a minute, it will be better to turn off your engine than keep it idle. Restarting it uses less fuel than letting it idle. Oh, and it’s time to stop believing the myth that you need to warm up your car when you’re starting it from the cold, unless it’s a very old car or below 0 degrees out. Most modern cars actually have engines that do not need warming up. Which means you’re just wasting fuel by idling your car in the driveway to warm it up. Starting your engine and driving off immediately will warm up your car faster, and will use up less fuel in the process.
Use the power of technology
Because of technology, we now have GPS and apps that can guide us on the best routes to take to avoid traffic and get to our destination faster. As such, you will find it beneficial to spend some minutes to check out available information so you can map your route accordingly.
Use your AC smartly
Typically, using your AC makes you burn more fuel when you are driving through stop-and-go traffic. So if the temperature is manageable, you’ll be able to save on fuel if you open your windows instead of your AC when driving in this kind of traffic. It’s different when you’re on the highway, though. In this case, it will be better to open your AC instead of your windows. With your windows closed, you minimize wind resistance, and this in turn helps you burn less fuel.
Be a practical shopper
Gas is a consumer product. So it’s only logical that you look around and find the gas station that gives the best price. It will also be worth finding one which offers a points-earning program. You always have to fill up your car with gas anyway, so why not earn points while doing it, and maybe get some discounts along the way. Just make sure that you’re not going half an hour out of your way to save $.50.
Big Sky Collision Loves Your Vehicle
Here at BSCC we are passionate about two things: people and cars. We train leaders so that when they fix your car they take ownership of the job that they do. That means whether you were in a major wreck and the vehicle needs to be completely rebuilt, or if you simply need auto detailing in Billings, Montana, we want to be your number one choice. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to learn more about our services.