How to Save Money at the Pump

Y’all, these inflated prices on everything are killing my budget right now! Between the price at the pump and the prices at the grocery store and everything in between, it is really starting to hurt. I have been putting a lot of focus into saving money on my groceries and utility bills, so now I have moved on to saving money on fuel. 

Saving on fuel mileage can help reduce your expenses significantly. It can also help and contribute to a more sustainable environment. If you too want to try and save some money at the pump, here are some tips to help you improve fuel efficiency.

How to Save Money at the Pump

Change Your Driving Habits

  • Avoid aggressive driving. Driving habits such as rapid acceleration, hard braking, and speeding can significantly decrease your fuel efficiency. Driving smoothly and maintaining a consistent speed can help you save at the pump.
  • Use cruise control. When driving on highways or long stretches of road, engage cruise control to help maintain a constant speed, which can save fuel.
  • Anticipate traffic. Pay attention to the road ahead and try to anticipate traffic flow. This allows you to adjust your speed gradually and avoid unnecessary braking or acceleration.
  • Avoid idling. Unless it’s in traffic, avoid stopping for more than a minute with your vehicle idling. 

Do all Necessary Vehicle Maintenance

  • Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Doing regular maintenance, such as oil changes, air filter replacements, and tire checks, can help increase your fuel efficiency.
  • Properly inflate your tires. Underinflated tires increase rolling resistance and decrease fuel efficiency. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure regularly to ensure that it is staying within the appropriate levels. 

Improve the Aerodynamics of Your Vehicle

  • Remove excess weight. Extra weight in your vehicle increases fuel consumption. Remove unnecessary items from your trunk or cargo area to lighten the load. I constantly have extra stuff in the back of my car so this is one I am really focused on.
  • Close your windows. Open windows create drag, especially at high speeds. Use the vehicle’s ventilation system or air conditioning instead.

Plan Your Trips Wisely 

  • Combine errands. Consolidate multiple trips into one to minimize cold starts, which consume more fuel. I have a lot of errands throughout the week, so I’m really focusing on making sure to combine them where I can.
  • Use GPS/navigation systems. Plan your routes ahead of time to avoid getting lost or taking longer routes. This helps reduce unnecessary mileage and fuel consumption.

Consider Alternate Transportation

  • Consider carpooling or ridesharing. Sharing rides often means sharing costs. It’s a win-win.
  • Use public transportation or active transportation: When feasible, utilize public transport, walk, or cycle for shorter distances instead of driving alone.