Gas Wasters You Can Easily Avoid

by James on July 22, 2017 · 0 comments

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How to save on gas when you buy your first car

  • Finally having the keys to the first car of your own is an exciting feeling. But, you still have a way to go if you do not have your full license yet. It’s easy to get carried away, but what you need to do is continue getting practice behind the wheel. You also need to study the driving rules and regulations; it’s a good idea to see where you are with your learning by taking an online test. You can learn more about how this type of test can help you.
  • Learning is not just about the art of driving either. From the minute you have your own car, you need to understand about other considerations, such as the cost of running a vehicle. One of the biggest expenses you will come across is the purchase of gas. The good news is that there are tips to help you reduce this cost.

The importance of good maintenance

  • If you pay attention to the maintenance of your car, it runs more efficiently and you end up spending less money on gas. The life of your car is also likely to be lengthened and it’s more likely to maintain its value. As a new owner, it makes sense to protect your investment by paying attention to the maintenance of your vehicle. It’s also important to remember that if you are taking your driving test in your own car, it needs to be in good condition.

Before you drive your car

  • The art of saving money on gas begins before you even set off on a journey. You need to think about any junk that is in the trunk of your car; does it really need to be there? If you reduce the amount of weight in your vehicle, you reduce fuel consumption and the amount of money you spend on gas.

While you are driving

  • If you are still learning to drive, you are probably used to being reminded of the need to drive sensibly; by your instructor and anyone else who gives you lessons. What you may not realise is that driving sensibly can help to reduce the amount of gas you use. If you constantly roar into a high speed, then end up having to brake suddenly, you use more gas. There is also the chance that you may not break hard enough, and you could end up rear-ending the car in front.
  • While you are on the road; you should use air conditioning rather than opening the windows of the car. This is because driving with the windows down increases the drag on the vehicle, and hence also increases fuel consumption. If you want air conditioning to operate as effectively as possible, you need to:
  • – Have it maintained at least once a year.
  • – Leave all the windows down for a few minutes before you get into the car, to reduce the temperature as much as possible.
  • – Start by selecting a high setting, then reduce the setting and fan speed once you feel comfortable.

When you stop the car

Even if you are only stopping for a few moments, you should turn off the engine. Not doing so means that you end up using more gas than you need to. This means that you waste money. Unless you have a very good reason for doing so, you do not need to park right outside the place you are visiting. Driving around and around the block to find a closer space does not just waste gas, it also wastes time.

Do you really need to drive?

You may be thinking that you have just gotten your own car, and you have to practice in order to pass your test, so of course you have to drive as much as possible. It is a good idea to get plenty of driving practice, but you also need to think about the amount of fuel that you are using. You need to get used to the fact that you should not be too reliant on a vehicle; before or after you pass your test. Think of possible alternatives.

Go for a walk

Far too many people use the car all the time, even for short journeys. If you are not going far, it’s a good idea to walk instead. You save money on fuel and you also get the benefit of a great form of exercise.

Use public transport

It’s a good idea to keep your car for longer trips and use public transport for daily commutes. Your car uses up more gas on short trips, where there is a lot of stopping and starting, than it does when you take long road trips.

Think about carpooling

Carpooling is an excellent way of saving money on gas, as you all take it in turns to use your own vehicle. You also get the benefit of being able to use carpool lanes. You can even try your own version of carpool karaoke if you feel so inclined.

  • Getting into the habit of using your car only when necessary, does not just help you to save on gas money, it also helps to protect the environment around you.
  • Getting a car for the first time is a big responsibility. Once you pass your test, driving can seem like a big adventure. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your time on the road, but you can make it even more enjoyable by using at least some of these tips to cut the cost of your fuel purchases.

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