You may have recently caught yourself inserting your card at the gas pump questioning the cost of gas and rethinking your routines/spending. Why is gas so high right now? How will I pay for it when it is almost at $4 per gallon? You’re not alone, the entire nation is dealing with this dilemma too! Although it is difficult to feel like you have no other option but to pay the high price of gas, Doug Yates Towing & Recovery has some tips that can help you save your vehicle’s gas and money.
Cruise control is an extremely fuel-efficient tool if you find yourself frequently commuting or needing to travel long distances. KIA states that cruise control can help you save 7-14% on average on gas. This is because you are driving at a consistent speed that helps the engine and transmission operate in an efficient mode. Any time you are able to travel at a steady pace, it will likely be to your benefit to do so.
LIMIT DRIVING TIME
Try your best to condense your trips! This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s so important to keep track of the places you drive to and see if any of them could be cut out or combined with another trip. There are a lot of ways to follow this tip. Instead of driving a few minutes down the road to pick something up, maybe opt for walking – if it’s a walkable area. This would allow you to save gas and enjoy the spring weather outside!
Locate Cheaper GAS
This is an easy tip that can help you save a few dollars every time you need gas! Take your time choosing where to get gas from. Of course, if you are desperate for gas, get whichever gas is closest to you at the time, but if you’re not – take your time! Also, a good tip is to let your car get to a quarter of a tank before stopping. This will help save money in the end by not getting gas multiple times throughout the week.
Plenty of gas stations offers reward programs. Ones like Mapco, Shell, Exxon and others. These programs differ between the gas stations, but you can save a few cents off of every gallon when you join for free. They also offer in-store discounts on things too, so you can benefit from the rewards program in multiple different ways. Not only do gas stations offer these rewards, your credit card can also! Consider researching and getting a credit card that offers cash back or points for purchasing gas. This could help you earn gas rewards for up to 5%.
ROUTINE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE
I know it seems like it’s such a hassle to get your car serviced, but as long as you keep it up, it will work in your favor. This involves things like changing the oil and filter, rotating, aligning, balancing and checking air pressure in your tires. Also things like inspecting and cleaning the battery and inspection of all fluids, filters, belts, hoses, brakes and emissions. All of this information can be found in your owner’s manual, so be sure to check the specifics of each thing. It’s necessary to get your car serviced because it helps with fuel efficiency. If your car is not properly working, it would cause a negative effect on your fuel efficiency, leading to spending more on gas.
NO NEED TO SPEED
Did you know that the harder you accelerate, the more you waste fuel? Try to keep this in mind next time you are out on the road. Take it slow; it’s best to try to take around five seconds to bring your vehicle from a stop to 15 mph. This not only can help you drive safely but also efficiently.
Contact a Doug Yates Towing & Recovery
At Doug Yates Towing & Recovery, we understand your concern with gas prices, so we hope these tips have helped. If you need roadside assistance or towing, call us at 423-482-9355 and talk with one of our trained and experienced dispatchers so that they can quickly create a quick and affordable plan of action. We offer 24/7 towing and recovery services for all motorists and vehicle types using our state-of-the-art fleet, we guarantee to get you and your vehicle back on the road in no time. We are here to help near any of our locations in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Jasper, Ringgold, Trenton and more.