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Today’s guest post comes to us from Tara Miller, who regularly writes for Psychology Degree. Enjoy!
So, if we’re trying to be frugal with our money and expenses, then we should also strive to be frugal in how we consume gasoline in our cars. I’ve tried to list a few cost-saving ideas for those of us who want to ease our pain at the pump.
If its air filters are clean, if it has new oil, and if its tires are inflated properly, then the car can operate more efficiently and use less gasoline doing so. Always follow the maintenance schedule recommended in your vehicle’s user manual, and be sure to check the tires for proper inflation every few days.
Use a GPS device or your smart phone to get live traffic updates when you drive around as well, as this will help you adjust your route when you do in fact hit bad traffic. Combining your knowledge of the area and your real-time information regarding the traffic situation will help you skirt past the backups while everyone else wastes gas as they wait to move.
How about you all? How have the higher gasoline prices affected you so far? What techniques do you use to lower your spending on gas?
Share your experiences by commenting below!
Jacob’s Thoughts – Listed below are my random thoughts as I was reading this article.
- @ The Importance of Regular Maintenance – I am definitely in agreement that regular maintenance is important in order to keep your car running well and in a fuel efficient manner.
- However, one thing that I do not know how to handle is the following – when I take in my car for the regular “every-3000 miles” service, they mechanics always come up with a laundry list of problems that could be potentially fixed. If I got them all fixed, I would probably spend close to $2000 each time I brought the car in.
- How do you discern between what really needs to be fixed, and what doesn’t?
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