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How to Save Money on Gas

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With the cost of gas on the rise, owning a car nowadays is more expensive then ever. While many people are opting for more cost-efficient forms of transportation, the reality is that for many people, owning a car is an essential part of life. Personal car ownership is needed for both professional and personal lives.

In addition to being extremely expensive, excessive gas consumption is bad for the environment. Nowadays, it is more important then ever that we are conscious of the amount of toxins and exhaust fumes we pump into our environment everyday.

There are many ways that we can help protect our environment, as well as save money when it comes to gas consumption. It is possible to be more economic in our fuel costs by following several tips.

First and foremost, driving in a sensible manner is enough to help reduce your gas costs. If you refrain from speeding, jerking or slamming on your brakes, you can reduce the amount of gas you consume. Ease up on your gas pedal and brakes to make sure you are not wasting gas.

Second, if you have been lugging around extra weight in your vehicle such as tools, sports equipment, or anything else that you do not particularly need in your car, simply remove it. Carrying around extra weight in car vehicle will make your car unnecessarily heavier, which in turn causes it to be harder on your fuel tank.

This extra weight can also be measured in snow tires. Remove your snow tires in good weather, as the deep-tire tread is very hard on fuel. Also, make sure to avoid bumpy and gravel roads. A smooth road will always be better for your gas tank.

Another way to save on gas is by carpooling. If you and a group of people are all going to the same place, be logical and save time and money by carpooling. If you and your friends can arrange to take turns, then not only will you all be saving money in the long run, you will also be making a significant contribution to the environment. The unnecessary fuel emissions given off by four cars over one car is over-indulgent and can easily be reduced.

Also, allowing your vehicle to idle is another way people waste gas. One of the reasons that hybrid cars are so efficient on gas is that they turn off instead of idling while waiting for a long light, or in a drive-through. If you find yourself in a long line at the drive-through, turn your car off. And while we all appreciate a warm car on a winter day, it is unnecessary to let you car run for over 15 minutes to get it warmed up. That is wasteful on gas and bad for the environment.

Nowadays, it is more important then ever that we are conscious of the amount of toxins and exhaust fumes we pump into our environment everyday.

Regular tune-ups and keeping your car in good shape will improve gas efficiency now and in the future.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ADRIANNA NOTON
Adriana Noton is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of financial topics including credit card debt. For more information about personal finance and credit counselling, ConsolidatedCredit.ca is a tremendous resource on the topic for Canadians.

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