(ModernSurvival.org) – Gas prices are on the rise across the nation. Cash is already tight thanks to soaring inflation, and many Americans are struggling to fill their tanks.
While there isn’t much one can do to stop the price of gasoline from going through the roof, there are some ways to lessen the impact of these outrageous prices. Here are a few to consider:
For starters, removing excess weight from the vehicle has a positive impact on how much fuel it uses. Getting rid of any items stored on a roof rack is another way to reduce gas expenditure, as these items increase wind resistance and force the vehicle to work harder than necessary.
Turn Off the AC
When traveling at slower speeds, rolling down the windows and shutting off the air conditioner is a good way to reduce gas usage.
Don’t Drive Aggressively
Some of the behaviors that aggressive drivers display actually waste gas, such as accelerating quickly to pass other vehicles. Easing off on the throttle, rather than trying to race across the finish line, is less costly.
Fill Up at the Right Time
Purchase gasoline early or late in the day, when temperatures are cooler. As temperatures rise, gas loses density — meaning less comes through at the pump.
Fill Up at the Right Place
Avoid gas stations near highways if at all possible. These locations are notoriously more expensive than those located further away from major roadways. This is why it’s a good idea to fill up regularly rather than run the tank low. When the gas starts to run out, the nearest station may be the only option, regardless of how much they’re charging.
For those who are serious about finding the cheapest gas, there are apps designed specifically to track these prices, such as Gasbuddy.
Keep the Vehicle Maintained
Staying up-to-date on vehicle maintenance will ensure peak fuel efficiency. This includes feeding it the correct oil and keeping the tires at the recommended pressure level. Running the wrong oil in a car causes increased friction in the engine and lowers fuel efficiency.
In addition to these tips, there are plenty of other ways to reduce one’s monthly gasoline bill. Carpooling with coworkers is one, as is cutting out multiple trips that could be consolidated into one (such as visits to the grocery store). One might also consider getting a credit card that gives cash-back rewards or specific bonuses for using it at the pump.
As mentioned above, keeping the tank topped off is a good idea. Not only does it give one the ability to choose where to fill up, but it also allows one to avoid the gas station in a large-scale emergency. To see why the gas station is one of the primary places to avoid in a survival scenario, check out our article on places to avoid when disaster strikes.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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