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Ways to save money on gas

Published On: Mar 11 2014 11:02:29 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 11 2014 11:04:49 AM CDT
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Even if you don’t have a fuel-efficient vehicle, there are still ways to save money on gas.

Try using these tips:

Drive calmly:

Instead of quickly stopping and accelerating, and slamming on the gas pedal to speed away from green lights and stop signs, try to gradually stop and go. By slowing down gradually and then calming accelerating you will use less gas.

Buy gas at the right time:

You can save money at the pump simply by buying gas at the right time. According to Forbes.com, the best time to fill your tank is on Wednesday or Thursday before 10 a.m. The worst days to buy gas are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t idle your car too long

Idling your car uses up gas. According to Forbes.com, keeping your engine idling wastes more gas than restarting your car. So if you know you are going to be sitting in idle for a while, consider turning your car off instead.

Maintain your tires and air filters

Keeping your tires properly inflated and your air filters clean can help you use less gas.

Don’t store too much in your car

Is your trunk filled with heavy items? This can cause your car to use more gas. The heavier your car, the more gas it takes to keep it moving.