As summer nears, all everyone wants to do is to travel places and have a memorable vacation. However, summers are known for higher than average fuel costs, which means your next road trip or drive to the beach could be an expensive one. With a goal to eliminate credit card debt, all you want to know are ways you can save. As part of National Dump the Pump Day, we’re bringing you some tips to save money on gas.National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to look for ways to save money on travel. Options such as taking public transportation (instead of driving) and car pooling are some smart ways to save money.
Saving Tips on National Dump the Pump Day
- Use the Internet – Websites such as gasbuddy.com compare prices of gas stations in your location so you can always find the lowest price. They also have some great tools and a weekly drawing for people who send in gas prices.
- Don’t Speed – Most cars reach optimum efficiency and use the least amount of gas between 50 and 55 miles per hour. Going over this limit will decrease your efficiency and increase your fuel usage.
- Route Selection – Plan your routes with the amount of gas you will use in mind. Google maps direct routes to your destination, or if you have a few stops, make sure they are close in proximity. Also, choose roads with fewer stop signs and traffic lights so that you won’t need to stop and accelerate as much.
- Cruise Control – While on the highway, use cruise control when possible, which keeps your car running at a constant speed rather than speeding up and slowing down. This causes you to burn more fuel.
- A/C vs. Open Windows – If you are driving on the highway in hot weather, use your air conditioner instead of rolling down your windows. The added drag of the open windows decreases fuel efficiency more than using the air conditioning.
- Public Transportation- Using public transportation is a great way to avoid the gas station. Taking the train to work helps the environment and your wallet. See how much money you can save to pay off debts through public transportation with the fuel saving calculator.
- Carpool – Carpooling is an excellent alternative, especially if public transportation is not an option. By carpooling consumers save money on gas, reduce congestion on roads and highways, and have the ability to use carpool lanes, which could reduce overall commute time.
- Bike – Bike sharing has become extremely popular in most major cities, such as Boston (Hubway), New York (Citibike), Philadelphia (Indego) and Chicago (Divvy Bikes). Bike sharing can also increase options for getting around the city without having to deal with the expense of gas and parking or wasting your time sitting in traffic.
These are simple and easy strategies to adopt to add that extra dollar to your savings or put towards any consumer debt you may have. National Dump the Pump Day can be your perfect starting point for a successful financial journey.