Illinois Drivers: Gas-Saving Tips to Help You Hold Onto Your Money
These are some of the better tips I've read that have the greatest potential for actually saving you some money at the gas pump.
Illinois ranks in the top 10 for most expensive states for gas
That doesn't surprise me one bit, everything is more expensive in Illinois, why would gas be any different?
People have shared memes that say if gas prices are too high, you should start riding a horse. Well, gas might be more expensive right now, but it's still cheaper than buying a horse.
If you can't carpool, bus, walk or bike to work, the only way to keep from going broke buying gas is to learn how to fly.
Kidding aside, are there any really good and useful ways to save at the pump?
Gas-Saving tips that actually work
With the price of a gallon of gas way over $4 per gallon, here are a few tips I found that can actually bring you a little relief at the gas pump.
Buh-bye roof rack to save money on gas
Aerodynamics is important to a vehicle's efficiency so take off the bike rack.
Shut your car off to save money on gas
As annoying as you may find that auto-off feature on cars, it is a money-saver. An idling car is wasting fuel after around 10 seconds. Don't disable that feature if your car has it.
Make sure your tire pressure is correct to save money on gas
Don't rely on that tire warning light to tell you when to check tire pressure. they often don't alert you until the pressure is off by 25% and by then, you've been losing money. Then there's that part where under-inflated tires wear out faster and unevenly. Buying new tires sooner than you have to isn't something you want to do.
Slow your a** down to save money on gas
Want to use less fuel, drive slower. The experts at the gas economy thing will tell you that braking frequently because you're always flying without anticipating what's ahead wastes gas. You've got to get down with coasting on the way to that red light.
Open your trunk and clear it out to save money on gas
If it doesn't need to be there, take it out. Weight in the back of the car does the same thing to me. More weight in the back make me less efficient, also.