I was looking at an article on Cachevalleydaily.com and it confirmed something I have been dreading …..

THE PRICE OF GASOLINE IS RISING!

The average price of gas in Utah and Idaho is right around 3 dollar a gallon.  The article went on to say at the begging of the week were 13 cents a gallon less than they are here on Wednesday.

Why the gas prices jump is always up for debate.  Refineries making the switch to the summer blends…. The price of crude is rising or is it something more nefarious…..  You know the talk … why is gas more expensive in Cache Valley than it is in Box Elder County?   Just saying ……..

So how do we save a few bucks on the cost to drive the website Moneycrashers.com has some suggestions.   I have edited some for length….

Driving Habits

  1. Drive less
    It’s not so hard to do either. Combine your errands into one trip to avoid repeat drives into town. Consider walking instead of driving for nearby pick-ups, or drag out that bicycle that’s gathering dust in the garage or shed.
  2. Warm Up Your Car for Shorter Lengths of Time
    if you wake up to a cold morning, don’t warm up the car for longer than 30 seconds (up to one minute if you must). If you idle the engine for more than a minute, you waste fuel and pump nasty greenhouse gas emissions into the air.
  3. Buy Gas Early or Late in the Day
    Purchase gas early or late in the day, especially during warm months. Gas is cooler earlier in the day, and denser. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump.

Also, buy gas early in the week. Prices typically rise between Wednesday and Saturday, but stay lower during the early days of the week.

  1. Slow Down and Drive Steady.

Driving just below the speed limit and driving smoothly (not accelerating quickly) uses gas more efficiently, so you may have to fill up a lot less often.

  1. Monitor when and How You Brake
    Braking excessively wastes gas and causes your brake pads to wear out quickly. Maintain a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you when you’re in heavy traffic – that way, you won’t need to brake as often as if you were tailgating.
  2. Turn Off the Engine
    Idling is a major waste of gasoline, and contributes massive amounts of pollutants to the atmosphere.
  3. Eliminate Wind Resistance
    An open window increases drag and costs you fuel in the long run – so keep your windows closed whenever possible. Also, remember to remove unneeded car racks and carriers. If you normally drive around with a ski rack, bicycle rack, or luggage rack on your roof, take it off when it’s not in use to make your vehicle more aerodynamic.
  4. Avoid Gas Stations near the Highway
    The first gas station that you encounter after a long stretch of highway will usually be pricey.
  5. Don’t Wait Until Your Tank Is Almost Empty to Fill Up
    If you wait until your tank is almost empty, you may be stuck paying for whatever gas you find conveniently nearby, as you won’t be able to search for the best deal.

Car Maintenance

  1. Monitor Your Tires
    Under-inflation causes tires to wear out faster and wastes gas. Properly inflated tires reduce friction and offer better gas mileage

Also, if you utilize snow tires during the winter months, be sure to replace them in the spring. Snow tires cause excess friction on dry surfaces, wasting gas.

  1. Tune the Engine
    Car engines need to be regularly tuned. A properly tuned engine uses less gas, so if you can’t remember when you last had a tune-up, it may be time to schedule one.
  2. Change Filters.

Clean filters help to keep cars running more fuel efficiently.

  1. Use the Correct Motor Oil
    if you’re not sure which type your car requires, check the owner’s manual or do a search online.
  2. Turn Off the A/C
    As much as you may love air conditioning, it turns your car into a gas guzzler. To keep your car cooler, park in the shade and roll the windows down a crack to circulate air.

Transmissions & Fuel Efficiency

  1. Drive Manual
    Manual transmission cars are more fuel-efficient than automatic transmission. If you drive one, shift up early and shift down late to save on fuel. Also, shift into neutral when the car is standing still to reduce the strain on your transmission.
  2. Manage Your Speed
    if you drive a car with automatic transmission, use cruise control to manage your speed and conserve fuel.

Planning Ahead

  1. Choose the Best Route
    whenever possible, take the route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights.
  2. Fill Your Gas Tank near State Lines
    when traveling, fill up near state lines if possible. Due to different tax rates, you may save a bundle just by crossing into another state. If you’re planning a road trip, do research ahead of time to see which states offer the best prices.
  3. Consider Buying a Fuel-Efficient Car

. Even several models of affordable non-hybrids can get 40 miles per gallon.

  1. Download a Gas App
    Using a smartphone AP can really help you save at the gas pump – sometimes more than $0.20 per gallon.

I hope this helps even a little.  It is so hard to cut down our driving habits.  Face it we love our cars but maintenance and gas prices can make us love our cars just a little less.  I know I had a repair last week that dinged me for over 900 dollars.

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