5 Easy Ways Montanan’s Can Save On Gas. Are You Already Doing It?
We have heard about gas prices, we have experienced the hike in prices, and we are all suffering a bit. Like my coworker said the other day, "there could be a solution".
Until there is some sort of valid solution, there are other things you can do to save a little at a time, at least help you get the best gas mileage possible for your vehicle. Let's face it, there are a lot of people in the state, that do not have the most "gas friendly" forms of transportation.
1. Clean it up. This may sound weird, but all that extra crap and clutter you have in your car/truck will actually worsen your gas mileage. So if you are driving around with extra tools, bike racks, cargo boxes, whatever it may be, don't. Unless you are using them obviously. The lighter the better and the less things to resist wind, the better.
2. Check your tire pressure. That little light that has been on for a while...you know the one I am talking about that you have be avoiding, give it some love. Having the right tire pressure will help you, because when you don't, fuel consumption can increase by 2-3%.
3. Regular maintenance. Quit putting off that oil change you have been procrastinating. Have them check your filters and plugs. Clean parts will always help with the overall longevity of your vehicle and help with getting you more miles out of your tank.
4. Don't idle too much. It actually takes more gas idling than it does to start and stop your vehicle. Hence the reason for the "start-stop" feature on many vehicles now.
5. Quit break checking (plus it's annoying) and keep in mind that when a light turns red, you are not a race car driver. All of these sudden, and slightly agitating things, will eat at your gas tank. Keep a consistent speed, use cruise control when you can, after about 50 mph your vehicle starts to lose its fuel efficiency.
These are just some easy tips for you to use while we see this crazy soar in gas prices. Every penny saved counts right? If it didn't before, it does now.