Our app is a great way to be more mindful of your gas consumption – from seeing the actual cost of each trip, through to seeing your fuel trends over time – but there are also plenty of other things you can do to help yourself get more bang for your buck at the pump. Below are our top 5 suggestions for improving your fuel economy out there on the road…
1 – Keep Your Windows Closed
Did you know that when you’re driving over 55 miles out on the highway, open windows can reduce your gas milage by as much as 10 percent? Neither did we. When in the free and clear, make sure to roll those suckers up, and when in stop-and-go traffic, do the opposite – open your windows and turn off the A/C.
2 – Drain that Nozzle
Don’t know about you, but when we’re done pumping gas, we often just pull the pump out directly after we hear that little click. But we’ve got it all wrong. Apparently, once the pump is off, the trick is to invert the nozzle 180 degrees while it’s still in your gas tank. There’s an extra 2 ounces or so in there that you already paid for, so make sure you get it!
3 – Start Hypermiling
Hypermiling is a method of increasing your MPG by changing the way you drive. Hypermiling includes strategies for keeping yourself moving during traffic, slowly accelerating after stops, utilizing your cruise control option and driving less aggressively, among other methods for optimizing your gas usage. For more specific tips, check out this CNN.com article to learn more.
4 – Find the Cheapest Gas Nearby
Driving a little out of your way to save a few pennies might seem silly, but over time, it adds up – especially for people who drive a lot. There are a variety of free apps to help you find the cheapest gas along your commonly traveled routes. GasBuddy and Gas Guru are a couple you might want to check out first.
5 – Check Your Tires’ Air Pressure Each Month
Air pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI), and for every PSI lower than the recommended pressure of your tires, you lose 0.125% fuel efficiency. That is to say that if you’re tires are 8 PSI low, you could be losing up to 4% efficiency! 4% definitely adds up over time, so make sure to visit your local gas station and air up those bad boys at least once a month.