Posted: April 19, 2011

Photo credit: Open Travel Info

I growl every time I have to get gas lately. It’s creeping back up to $4 per gallon again. That’s two gallons of milk (or one if you live in Florida – I can’t believe milk is sooo expensive there!).

I was searching for ways to save money on gas, and here’s my favorites. My first 10 gas saving tips are here.

  1. Say no to brand names: They all use the same refineries and pipelines!
  2. Highway travel: exit at a moderately sized city.  Supposedly their gas is cheaper.  Head for the city center.  Two sources told me this is the way to go.
  3. Checking the air in your tires:  tip from my reader Amy: We have a Hyundai Elantra and recently went from Utah to San Diego, I kept telling hubby to do the air in the tires but he didn’t when we first headed on our trip. On our first fill up we calculated we got about 33 miles to the gallon…he filled our tires and our mpg jumped! We averaged around 37-38 mpg the rest of the trip and just recently I hit 40 mpg so fill those low tires to help with gas mileage!
  4. Get ride of the junk in the trunk: Less weight is better.  I have a stroller and subwoofers I don’t even use in my trunk – time to take them out!
  5. Scooter: One of my readers got a scooter just for her husband to go back and forth from work, at 56mpg that can save a lot on gas! Make sure that the cost of the scooter doesn’t out weigh the savings.  For $879 you can get a 100 MPG scooter!
  6. Tailgates down – sunroof up: Supposedly having the tailgate of a truck down reduces wind resistance (this was dis-proved by mythbusters though according to some of my readers, so go ahead, leave it up!)   Sunroofs should be up.
  7. Steady does it: Drive steady, no quick starts or fast stops, stay at the same mph as much as possible.
  8. But I love my A/C! Air conditioning can reduce gas by 10-20%.  Roll down the windows if possible.
  9. WHAT? Keep windows closed: Ok so the next tip is that windows open on the highways can reduce gas by 10% because of drag.  So A/C or windows down? ??  Here’s what Open Travel says “I believe that opening your windows at low speeds and using the air conditioner at high speeds gives you better fuel economy.”
  10. Windows down a tiny bit: Keep your windows down just a bit so the air can circulate through your car while you are parked.  This makes sense.  Still wondering about 8 & 9…

Ask CCD Readers: How high do you think gas prices are going to get???

Thanks to Tree and Open Travel Info for some of their suggestions!

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