We all know and feel how gas prices affects our pockets. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, is a primary actor in determining the price of crude oil as its members produce about 58 percent of the world’s supply, according to their website.
And the bad news is that yesterday (June 8), oil prices climbed again above $100 per barrel Wednesday after OPEC unexpectedly announced that it will keep production levels where they are.
So what we can do – how can we save some gas. Yes there are plenty of ways to save money on gas. Here are the best solutions.
Use a GPS or map your route
Use a GPS navigator or an online mapping service, such as Bing, Google, or Yahoo, to find the most effi¬cient route. You can save allot of miles if use the best way! Also – sometimes highways are more efficient to use even if you have to travel a couple of miles more. The idea is that the engine remains at a constant speed and will burn less fuel.
Get your car road-ready
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, fixing a car that is out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve gas mileage by 4 percent. Replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can boost fuel economy by as much as 40 percent.
Tires can help save gas
Don’t overlook your tires when it comes to saving fuel. Under-inflated tires, for instance, require more energy to roll along, which eats up more gasoline. They also cause a tire to wear more quickly. Use a tire gauge at least once a month to keep them inflated at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
Compare gas prices
Yes gas prices can fluctuate allot from one state to another. GasBuddy.com can be your best friend here.
Driving style can save allot
Rapid acceleration and quick stops can reduce fuel economy. Avoid rapid acceleration and hard braking. Drive at the posted speed limit. Increasing your highway cruising speed from 100 kph (62 mph) to 120 kph (75 mph) can increase fuel consumption by about 20 percent.
Don’t be a drag. Don’t add to your car’s aerodynamic drag by carrying things on top of the roof if you don’t have to. When we installed a large car-top carrier on our Camry, gas mileage dropped by a notable 6 mpg when we drove at 65 mph.
Skip the gas-saving gadgets
After testing several devices that were claimed to improve fuel efficiency, consumer reports find one that provides a significant dif¬ference in gas mileage or acceleration.Moreover,the EPA’s website lists scores of such devices that the agency tested, with similar results.
And finally – The most effective way to cut your gasoline use is to buy a more fuel-efficient car.