5 Smart Gas Mileage Tips
Most drivers want to save on gas, a fact that becomes more apparent when fuel prices begin to surge. We haven’t seen gas above $4 per gallon since 2008, but higher gas prices will likely return as the global economy recovers and international demand surges.
Let’s take a look at some surefire ways you can contain your gas (or diesel) costs:
1. Combine trips – One of the simplest ways to save on gas is to change your driving behavior. Besides cutting out jackrabbit starts and traveling at high speeds, you can save money by taking your car out less often. Make multiple stops on one trip instead of making separate trips for each destination, a proven fuel saving measure. For example, start your Saturday by taking your goods to recycling, stopping at the cleaners and picking up groceries before returning home.
2. Keep it maintained – Change your oil and oil filter at regular intervals, replace the air filter and swap out plugs and points per your owners’ maintenance schedule. Keep your tires properly inflated and rotate them periodically to extend their life.
3. Use lower gears – Today’s six-speed transmissions provide improved highway fuel performance. If you are planning a long trip, then drop down to your lower gear as soon as possible to enjoy fuel savings. Keep your speed down as gas mileage begins to drop sharply at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
4. Choose your octane – Use the octane level recommended for your car. Most vehicles run on regular gasoline while others require premium fuel. Premium fuel in a car requiring regular gasoline is a waste of money. On the other hand, using regular fuel when premium is required may void your warranty.
5. Consider your next purchase – If you’re planning to buy a new car, visit to compare Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings. The EPA shares estimated mileage for city, highway and combined driving, providing separate data for each engine and transmission combination. Most midsize sedans offer robust four-cylinder engines, making a V-6 purchase more expensive and fuel thirsty.
Lastly, before making any new car purchase, contact your auto insurer to find out what your insurance premium will be. You may be able to save a bundle by purchasing a fuel efficient compact, but your insurance costs could eat up the difference. Visit and to discover the crash testing ratings for these cars. The higher the ratings, the lower your insurance costs will be.