10 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Driving
- Don't drive over the speed limit, and maintain a smooth, steady pace whenever possible.
- Don't idle--turn your car off to save gas.
- Combine short trips into a longer trip when possible--a warm engine uses less gas than a cold one does.
- Shop around for car insurance and re-evaluate every year or two to ensure you're getting the best rate.
- Buy regular gasoline unless your car manual state otherwise.
- Keep your car properly tuned--check your manual for a maintenance schedule and stick to it.
- Check tire pressure once a month to keep tires properly inflated.
- Use your air conditioner at highway speeds. Rolling down the windows causes drag and uses more mileage than the A/C.
- Carpool when possible, and avoid peak rush hour times.
- Check--and replace--air filters on a regular basis.
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