According to the federal government’s fuel efficiency website, here:
“The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $1,020 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $4.08).
That’s $5,100 extra in fuel costs over five years!”
“The Bargainist,” a great site in and of itself, always looking to save you money (the site is here), published a list of “20 Tips to Save Money on Gas.”
The tips range from simply keeping your car maintained on a regular basis to not driving at all, and telecommuting. Some of the tips are really helpful, some strike me as dumb. Let’s think- if I walk, and don’t drive, then I probably won’t spend money on gas! Woah. Revolutionary. And really? A fuel efficient car means it uses less gas? Weird.
Anyway, a lot of the tips are really good. Keeping your tires properly inflated is a big one, and they mention parking in shade to save gas, which had never occurred to me, but makes a lot of sense.
The whole article is here. Given that gas is on its way to costing your first-born child per gallon, no tip that saves you gas money is a bad one. You might need that first-born child. Enjoy!
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