Gasoline prices are soaring!
Now is a good time to look at ways to save at the pump.
I come from a long line of auto
mechanics--they're called automotive technicians now--and I have
been asking around and researching ways to save on gasoline.
Here's the list of things I have come
Always keep your tires inflated to
the proper pressure. The proper pressure for your car's
tires can be found on the label inside the driver side door.
It can also be found in your car's manual. Under-inflation
is as bad as over-inflation. Good quality tire pressure gauges
are not expensive; invest in one and you can check your own
Also be sure your car is equipped
with the proper size tires. Tires that are the wrong size can
wreck your gas mileage. The proper tire size can also be found
on the label inside the driver side door.
Keep your engine tuned. This
means an oil change every three months or every 5,000 miles.
Change your air filter with every
other oil change.
Better gas mileage can be
simple to achieve just by changing some of your driving habits.
Don't do quick starts--slowly and gradually pick up speed.
Maintain a steady speed on the highway; use your cruise control.
Use your air conditioner
only when absolutely necessary. It takes more gas to run
Plan your trips. Make every
trip count; run several errands in one trip.
My "personal mechanic"
tells me it isn't necessary to buy the high-octane gasoline for
most cars. Check with your own mechanic and read your
Walk whenever possible. If
it's not an option to walk to town, you might at least consider
parking in a central location once you get to town, and
walking to do your errands instead of driving from place to
Pump your own gas. In our
area, it is 5 to 10 cents a gallon cheaper to pump your own over
having an attendant put it in for you.
None of these tips are expensive to
do; mostly just some common-sense ideas.
Cyndi Roberts is
the editor of "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly
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