Ever feel like you are riding on a yoyo? Gas prices dropped in early January, only to spike up $.43 (national average) in the past four weeks. In Los Angeles the increase was $.50 a gallon, with as much as a $.70 jump in other places.
Why? The reasons are complex, but part of the cause is the fact that refineries are switching over to summer gasoline blends — an abruption in production.
Over the years, we have shared many ways to maximize your gas mileage. If you have a truck or SUV, you are not going to get much more than what is on the sticker, but four quick ways to save include:
– No Idlers – When you are at a store or a drive up window and the car is going to idle for more than a minute, stop and restart — unnecessary idling is a huge gas drain — 19%.
– Go the Limit — If you have cruise control, set it at 55 or 65 and take your foot off the pedal. The constant acceleration this offers the biggest bang for your buck. If you don’t have cruise control, keep your eye on your speed.
– Drop a Few Pounds — (In your vehicle). Get rid of any unnecessary cargo. Every 100 pounds reduces efficiency by mile 1 mile per gallon.
– Check Your Tires — This not new, but check the pressure in your tires. When low, it can reduce gas consumption by 3%.
We have a number of articles on our website that deal with getting more gas for your dollar. The spike in the last 30 days is a wake-up call to consume less fuel so there is more to go around. Do you have any special tricks to conserve fuel, if so please share.