The always great Money Crashers blog has these tips:

  1. First and foremost, do not go driving around trying to find the cheapest gas in town. By the time you find a station with gas for 5 cents cheaper, you will have used more gas trying to look for it then you would have saved money on it.
  2. Keep your car maintained properly. This includes changing your oil every 3 to 4 thousand miles. Change your air filter every 2 to 3 oil changes. Get your spark plugs checked and replace if needed. Get your fuel system flushed. By the way, all of these maintenances are much cheaper to do yourself, and you do not have to be a mechanic to do them!
  3. Car pool to work. There MUST be someone that lives near you, unless you are self employed or work in a very small office.
  4. Do not make hard stops and fast starts. It’s not a race, and who are you trying to impress? Your gasoline efficiency deteriorates quickly if you act like Jeff Gordon every time you accelerate or brake.
  5. If you are going on a long trip, I would suggest picking one speed and sticking to it. Stay between 65-70 mph and you will get much better gas mileage than if you are going 80mph. Don’t use the cruise control too much. Your car works harder when you are not in control of it.

I have 5 of my own:

  1. Don’t take trips out to the furthest Target from your home just for a throw pillow.
  2. Know where you’re going before you go there. Two words: Google Maps.
  3. If the movie theatre or restaurant or bar is only a mile away, walk.
  4. Drive the speed limit. No, seriously.
  5. Remove the junk from your trunk.

Alright, good luck and happy driving.

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