The cost of gasoline can really bite during a recession. You know, when you receive a pay cut but still have to drive around for groceries and job-hunting. Balancing the household budget becomes that much harder.
You will be glad to know that there are actually several ways to save money on gasoline.
If you have neighbors or colleagues who are traveling to work at the same time as you, it may be a good idea to carpool and save on the cost of gasoline. A simple arrangement could be where one buddy drive this week and another the next.
Depending on how many people you are commuting with, you could save a significant amount of money on gasoline costs and reduce wear and tear on your vehicle.
2. Maintain a cruising speed.
When you accelerate and/or brake quickly, you will use more gasoline. The harder your vehicle has to work, the more gasoline it will use. Thus, driving cautiously and maintaining a cruising speed is an economical way of saving extra money on the highway.
3. Downgrade your vehicle.
The super jumbo SUVs guzzle gas like nobody's business. Can you imagine how wasteful it is to propel a heavy vehicle around town with only a driver in tow?
Scaling down to a smaller vehicle will help you to save at the pump. When shopping for a more economical choice in automobiles, look for one that has good gas mileage per gallon. Some vehicles carry a fuel efficient badge. Or you can even go for electric car hybrids.
4. Fill up when prices are down.
You can save a significant amount of money by filling up your vehicle when gas prices are low. Depending on your automobile, it may be difficult to top up a lot of gas all at once, but it will save you money in the long-run.
5. Dont leave your motor running unnecessarily.
Many people leave their automobile air-conditioner running when they go into stores, especially during the warm summer months.
Think of it as money being burned away just to keep the car cool. Furthermore, children and pets should not be left in the vehicle for prolonged periods in case of carbon monoxide poisioning.
Hence, for the sake of your wallet and safety, just roll down the windows or wait until you return to the car and turn the air conditioner back on.