6 Ways You Can Save on Gas this Summer


With road trip season AKA summer season in full swing, this means spending more time at the pump. Thankfully, we aren't seeing the same prices of over $3.60 a gallon for regular gas around this same time of the year as we did back in 2014, according the AAA, but frequent stops are still a hassle none the less. Here are a few tips to help you conserve more gas and ultimately save time at the pump.

1. Use air conditioning on the highway, but roll your windows down around town. The number one way to save during the summer is conserving your AC usage. Air conditioning is the single greatest contributor to decreased fuel economy during the summer. Since the air conditioning system runs off the engine, it saps power and fuel economy when its turned on.

However, driving with the windows down at high speeds creates considerable aerodynamic drag that nullifies any economy savings from having the A/C off. For an optimum balance of comfort and efficiency, the EPA suggests drivers keep their windows down and A/Cs off while driving around town and vice-versa on the highway.

2. Keep your tires properly inflated. Properly inflated tires are not only important for safety reasons; they will also save you money. Filling your tires to the proper level of inflation can improve fuel economy by 3.3%, according to the EPA. Manufacturers' suggested guidelines can often be found in the driver's side door jam, the glove compartment, or in the owner's manual.

 
3. Keep up with your car's maintenance. Keeping your engine tuned and emissions systems in shape can increase fuel economy by an average of 4%. According to the EPA, fixing a major problem like an oxygen sensor (a common problem in older cars) can increase fuel economy by as much as 40%. Keep your car properly maintained with our service center here

4. Clean out the stuff you don't need in your car. Having more junk you have in your car means more energy is required to lug it around. In fact, the EPA claims that every 100 pounds of weight shed equates to a 1% to 2% increase in fuel economy. At $3.70 a gallon, that's roughly $0.04  to $0.07 per gallon. This doesn't seem like much, but if you fill up 20 gallons week, that adds up to $73 a year.


5. Don't strap cargo to the roof. Aerodynamic drag can put a huge dent in a car's fuel economy. Strapping luggage or a cargo box to the roof is the aerodynamic equivalent of mounting a small wall on top of your car. At interstate speeds (65-75 mph), the EPA estimates that removing the cargo box from your roof can increase fuel economy by as much as 25%, or a savings of roughly $0.93 per gallon for a $3.70 gallon of gas.

6. Slow Down.  The amount of energy it takes to propel a car grows exponentially as speed increases linearly. For example,  a 1000 horsepower Bugatti Veyron needs only about 250 hp to reach 150 miles per hour, but an additional 750 hp to get from 150 to 250 mph.

In practical terms, fuel economy decreases significantly anytime a car is traveling faster that 50 mph, to the tune of 7% for every five miles per hour. This equates to savings of roughly $0.26 for every five miles per hours you slow down over 50mph. 

 

Now, that you have your tips, it's time to set out of in the sunset. Happy road tripping! 

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