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This year about 20% more families have set out on road trips! This is more than any other year since the recession began in 2009. Gas prices are about half of what they were this time last year, and families are taking advantage of it – and rightfully so! However, just because you can get an extra mile out of your gas tank this year, it doesn’t mean that you should waste it either.
I have put together some tips you can follow so that you can save gas during your summer road trips. If your family is going to be part of that 20% like mine will be, these are going to help out pockets out quite a bit.
- Keep Tires Properly Inflated and Aligned – If your tires aren’t gripping the road in the manner intended by your car’s designers, then your engine will have to work harder. That means keeping your tires properly inflated and aligning your wheels periodically will prevent wasting gas.
- Use the Recommended Grade of Motor Oil – Different engines have different motor oil specifications. If you’re using the wrong stuff, it won’t run as efficiently and will burn extra gas.
- Use Lower-Octane Gasoline – Premium gasoline might sound fancy, but it won’t do your fuel economy any good. Instead, use the lowest-grade octane that your car specifications call for. Paying for the pricey stuff just wastes money, which could be put towards additional gallons of lower-octane gas instead.
- Keep Your Engine Tuned-up – An engine that runs properly will burn fuel more efficiently. So make sure that you get your engine checked out as often as your car’s specifications call for. An in-tune engine gets an average of 4% better gas mileage, according to the Department of Energy.