Anyone who drives around Georgia or anywhere else in the United States has noticed a significant uptick in gas prices. And considering we are now entering peak travel season, fuel prices are set to go even higher. So, how can you combat these high prices? Well, unless you are planning to purchase an electric car, you’ll need to find ways to save at the pump to help soften the blow on your wallet. Here are a few easy tips to make your vehicle more fuel efficient.

Keep tires inflated

How much does tire inflation impact fuel economy? Fueleconomy.gov claims you can improve your car’s gas mileage by an average of .6%, and in some cases up to 3%, by keeping your tires inflated to their recommended pressure. Not to mention it’s considerably safer to drive on adequately inflated tires. 

Maintenance

A well-maintained car gets better gas mileage. It’s that simple. So, if you have been putting off your vehicle’s maintenance, now is a great time to schedule an appointment. Additionally, you want your car running at its optimal level before you hit the road this summer. There is no drawback to committing to your automobile’s maintenance schedule.

Be errand efficient

Errands can send you all over the city from one end to the next and back again. But if you are breaking up your tasks over a few days, rather than combining them into one outing, you are cutting down on your car’s fuel efficiency. Schedule your trips to the grocery store and the dry cleaners together and save a few dollars at the pump.

Don’t overuse AC

It gets hot here in the South, so this may seem harsh. However, you don’t have to completely shut off your AC to help out with gas mileage. Keep this in mind; air conditioning can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency by an eyebrow-raising 25%. Raising the dial a few degrees so the AC isn’t engaged continually can make a difference.

Slow down/drive safely

Driving like you are trying to win the Daytona 500 is not only dangerous, it’s also inefficient. When you combine less speed and gentle braking, you get eye-opening fuel-saving results. Sticking to speed limits can increase your city-driving fuel economy by upwards of 40%. This should get your attention as gas prices inch toward $3.00 per gallon.

Carpool

Those who share a ride to work together save at the pump together. Although not always the most convenient option, sharing a ride can significantly impact your gas spending. This is especially true when you are dealing with the 10th worse traffic in the U.S.

As gas prices rise, your bottom line suffers. But if you make the right changes in your driving habits and keep your car properly maintained, you can alleviate some of the stress on your checking account.