Are you getting the most bang for your buck?

September 19th, 2011 by

High gas prices have certainly stuck around longer than we’d all hoped. Are you doing everything you can to save money at the pump? Here are a few ways to save a little of your hard-earned moolah. (It may not seem like much, but hey … it all adds up!)

Don’t go premium. Unless your car requires high-octane gasoline (check your owner’s manual to find out), you can stick with lower-grade gasoline. (Don’t pay for the pricey stuff if you don’t have to!)

Tighten your gas cap. If there’s a way for gas fumes to escape from your car, they will. Give your gas cap a few extra cranks after you fill up to make sure it’s nice and secure.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Poor tire pressure can decrease your fuel economy and decrease the life of your tires. It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure about once a month (find the recommended air pressure for your vehicle on the inside of your driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual).

Replace air filters. Dirty air filters (dirt, dust and dead bugs can clog filters in a hurry) will make your engine work harder than it needs to. Replace your filters periodically to improve your car’s performance.

Good car care can go a long way toward improving your car’s fuel efficiency. Get in the habit of doing these little things, and you’re bound to save big.