10 Clever Ways to Save Gas: Getting More Bang for Your Buck

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Sure, gas prices are relatively low right now, but that doesn’t mean that it’s cheap. No matter whether you drive an SUV, a sedan, a minivan or something else, chances are good that you’re paying more than you should to fuel up your vehicle. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there are plenty of ways that you can cut down on fuel consumption and limit how much of your hard-earned pay you have to fork over to the oil companies. Here are some of the most important ways to save gas to start implementing right now.

10. Check Your Tire Pressure

Did you know that an underinflated tire can cost you almost 3% in terms of fuel economy? Make sure your tires are set to the correct pressure – you’ll find it on the driver side door placard, and don’t be surprised if the front and rear tires have different PSI ratings. Never set your pressure by the number on the tire’s sidewall, as that’s the maximum PSI the tire is rated to hold, not what your vehicle needs. Avoid overinflating them, though. While this will increase fuel economy, it will decrease tire lifespan, and replacing them can be costly.

9. Clean It Out

How much junk do you have rolling around in your trunk? How full are your back seats? By cleaning out your car, you can significantly reduce the load placed on the engine. Every 250 pounds inside the car adds one more mile per gallon consumed by the engine, so lighten things up and start enjoying better fuel economy.

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