How To Save Money On Gas

Fuel Pump Stock PhotoGas prices seem to go up without warning, taking a bigger chunk out of your budget. You can’t control the price of gas, but you can follow a few simple tips to help save money when you fill up your tank.

  1. Combine errands. Combining errands will reduce the number of miles you drive and help your car run more efficiently. Short trips taken from a cold start use a lot more gas than one long trip over the same distance.
  2. Check gas prices online. Sites like let you track gas prices online. You might be able to find that if you wait just a few more miles on your way home from work, for example, you’ll be driving by a station that’s cheaper.
  3. Buy the right kind of gas. Most cars are designed to be run on regular octane fuel – your cheapest choice at the pump. Check your owner’s manual to make sure what type of fuel is recommended for your car.
  4. Keep your tires properly inflated. Having under inflated tires is common, but you’ll use more gas than necessary. Keep your tires inflated to the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch). To find the recommended PSI, look in your owner’s manual or on the sticker on the driver’s side door.
  5. Watch your driving style. Try to drive smoothly, avoiding quick starts and stops. Don’t speed, because gas mileage decreases quickly at speeds above 60 miles an hour. And use efficient features like cruise control when appropriate.

Smart drivers visit Town Lake’s Car Wash and Detail to help keep their cars looking its best. Drop by at your convenience, or make an appointment. You can use our wi-fi, or just relax and watch our 50-inch big screen TV while we take care of your vehicle!

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