We all know that the price of filling your gas tank has skyrocketed (along with your gas bill!) over the past decade, as the cost per gallon increased from $1.30 to over $4.00 in some areas!
All Americans have had to account for this increase in their monthly gas bill within their budget, and this has caused a strain on many families – even forcing them to limit their summer vacations.
While the cost of gasoline may continue to rely on global political factors, there are several ways to take matters into your own hands. Here are 3 ways you can save on your gas bill each month!
Lower Your Gas Bill Tip 1: Increase Your Car’s Aerodynamics
When traveling at high speeds wind moving over your car can sometimes cause resistance and force the engine to work harder and consume more fuel. Removing a roof rack or an after-market grill from the car’s front will help optimize the aerodynamic design of your vehicle. Pickup trucks are often found at the gas station more often than smaller vehicles because wind gets trapped in the flatbed and causes drag. Drivers who incorporate a solid cap or vinyl cover over their flatbed can enjoy heightened fuel-efficiency while not having to slow down.
Lower Your Gas Bill Tip 2: Reduce the Extra Weight In and On Your Car
Removing the accessory racks from your vehicle will boost its aerodynamics, but can also cut the amount of weight the engine needs to overcome to propel forward. Making the automobile lighter by removing excess items like a toolbox, golf bag or regularly unused passenger seats, will increase the car’s fuel efficiency. If you don’t have an immediate need for something kept in the car – take it out. Including such features on an as-needed basis can help you save a sizable amount of money in gasoline costs over time.
Lower Your Gas Bill Tip 3: Adding a Vacuum Gauge to the Dashboard
Vacuum gauges, which are used to monitor the pressure levels of the car engine’s manifold vacuum, are low-cost, low-tech accessories that can be added onto a vehicle after purchase. The gauge can be attached to anywhere on the dashboard and helps drivers maximize their automobile’s fuel efficiency by teaching them not to slam on the gas or brake pedals to maintain high pressure in the manifold.
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