Summer is one of the hardest times to conserve fuel. Our summers consist of traveling and just being on the go so I can understand the want to save money. Since we need gas, we try our hardest to save whenever we can. Other than going to buy a car from Kim’s that can give you better gas consumption, here are some fuel saving tips for you and your family.
- Use any gas perks from your local grocery store: Giant Eagle (which is local to us) offers 20 cents off gas for every $50 you spend in the store. It can add up if you do your weekly grocery shopping there and/or buy gift cards. Sometimes, we’ve gotten free tanks of gas. It may seem small but it helps. Search your local stores to see if anyone offers this.
- Park in the shade: Parking in the shade keeps your car from getting too hot. This way, you don’t have to waste too much time and gas cooling down your car.
- Roll down windows: Before you leave, roll down the windows to help cool down the car instead of turning on the air. Instead of blowing hot air around, let the wind cool your car for you.
- Use the air conditioner instead of keeping the windows down: Once you get moving, turn the air on. Yes, I know. The air conditioner does use more gas. However, you’ll use more gas going 70 miles per hour with the windows down then with the air conditioner. Why? The windows being open causes drag. Your car has to make up for that drag.
Hope this helps you keep cool and save gas this summer. Have fun!