Posted on Apr 22, 2012 in Automobiles, Bargains, Money & finances
Where can I find some tips on increasing my car’s fuel economy? (Please don’t just tell me to stop driving and to take the bus.)
With the average gallon of gas (at the time of this writing) pushing $4/gallon in the US, we’re all feeling it in our wallets when we fill up. So what can you do about it?
Well, I first want to state very clearly that there is no “magic bullet” out there that’s going to give you 10mpg immediately. And before you run out and buy a Prius, think really hard about how much money it’s really going to save you to go out and buy a new car. Be real. In most cases you’d have to drive that new hybrid for 4 or 5 years before you even make back what you paid for it in gas savings. In short, if you have a new(er) car that gets okay mileage, don’t bother trading it for that Volt or Prius or what have you. Planning on buying a new car anyway? Then go for it!
However, there are some things you can do to save a few miles per gallon here and there, according to the US Department of Energy. Here are the highlights:
So don’t despair. Gas may not be $1 per gallon anymore, but you can still take some smart steps to save a couple bucks per tank.
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