Top Seven Tips to Save Money at the Fuel Pump No Matter What You Drive

Simple ways to save money by improving your fuel economy – no matter what you drive, from top auto dealer RK Auto Group.

    1. Regular check-ups pay off at the pump. Top auto professionals report that skipping recommended maintenance leads to fouled spark plugs and clogged air and fuel filters. Clean oil, fresh spark plugs a well-tuned motor, and properly inflated tires coupled with the right octane gas for your car keep it healthy and saves you money. 2. Keeping your cool – windows up or down? Open windows or air conditioning in hot weather? It depends. Running an air conditioner consumes extra fuel, but driving with rolled down windows leads to drag on the vehicle. Ideally leave windows open when driving slowly in traffic. For highway driving, roll up the windows and turn on the air conditioning. 3. Get the junk out of your trunk. Hauling excess weight wastes gas. Every extra 100 lbs reduces fuel economy approximately two percent; a loaded roof rack by five percent. Eliminate excess cargo by emptying out trunks, back seats, and roof carriers. 4. A steady pace wins the fuel-economy race. Speeding cuts into gas mileage. You'll see a 7 percent decrease in fuel-economy for every 5 mph you drive over 65 mph. Aggressive behavior – such as screeching to a halt or accelerating quickly from a dead stop – can decrease fuel-economy by 33 percent. Save gas by driving at an even speed. 5. Avoid excessive idling. Idling wastes fuel and is hard on engines. It's more efficient to turn off an engine while waiting; then restart the car. Make it a habit to turn off the engine when you are stopped for 10 seconds or more. Never idle a car for more than three minutes. 6. Kick it into high gear. For the greatest fuel efficiency drive in the highest gear possible when cruising at a steady speed on the highway. 7. Avoid cruise control on hills and lower your gas bills. Think about the approaching terrain before you push cruise control. Cruise control improvements gas mileage by maintaining a steady speed – but only on flat roads. Using cruise control on hilly terrain typically uses more gas then if you were operating the accelerator yourself.