The luxury of riding a bike in the beautiful sunshine is just a dream for many students. Instead, life is full of rush hour traffic and three-dollar gasoline. If you live in a world of driving, at least there are a few ways to stretch that extra gallon of gas a few more miles.
Sounds obvious, but if you combine trips to the grocery store, school or to hang with friends you can save some serious bucks.
According to consumer finance website Bankrate.com, air conditioning can increase your fuel consumption by 10-20 percent. Roll down the windows, open the sun-roof, turn on the fan. Anything but the air conditioner.
Skip Rush Hour
Try and plan as many trips as possible during non-rush hour times. Ask your boss if you can adjust your hours a little bit. Schedule next semester's classes for off-peak times. Not only will you have more time but you will save gas money.
Keep your tire pressure inflated to the proper levels. A wheel alignment and adjustment can save you big bucks in the long run plus keep you driving safer. A tune-up can improve your gas mileage as well. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (epa.gov), if you follow the recommendations in your owners manual you will avoid problems caused by warm spark plugs, dragging brakes or low transmission fluid.
Empty Your Car
Take heavy things out of your car. Bankrate says an extra 100 pounds of weight in your trunk will reduce your gas mileage by 1-2 percent.
Skip Roof Racks
Anything you stick on your roof reduces aerodynamics. Instead, fit everything you can inside the car.
The best way to save on gas is to skip driving. It doesn't hurt to walk or ride a bike once and a while. Think of it as a way to keep in shape.