Gas prices are soaring yet again.
According to AAA, Californians are now paying an average of $6.29/gallon at the pump – roughly $2 more than the national average.
So…beyond driving less or signing up for a rewards program (both of which are great), how can you save money at the pump?
AAA has compiled a list of fuel-saving tips to help stretch your gas mileage, so you don’t have to fuel up so often.
Slow down and drive the speed limit
Aside from it being the law, driving the posted speed limit can help you save money on gas. On the highway, aerodynamic drag causes fuel economy to drop off significantly as speeds increase above 50 mph, according to AAA.
Quickly accelerating as soon as the light turns green may help you temporarily beat the traffic, but it also significantly reduces gas mileage. Testing your acceleration may be fun, but it is costing you extra.
AAA says prolonging idling is unnecessary and wastes fuel. Unless your car is really old, you no longer need to warm it up…even on a cold winter morning.
“Time” the traffic lights
Try to gauge how long a green, yellow, or red light lasts and adjust your speed accordingly. This technique will help reduce unnecessary braking and acceleration, which can consume more fuel.
Reduce acceleration early
When approaching a red light or stop sign, take your foot off the gas earlier and allow your car to coast down to a slower speed to save money on gas.
Utilize cruise control
Cruise control helps drivers maintain a constant speed when it’s safe to do so. Driving at a constant velocity means that you save more money on gas.
Limit your use of air conditioning
Turn off the air conditioner and roll down the window. Let Mother Nature be your A/C. Limiting your use of the air conditioner can help save money on gas.
Get all of your errands done during one outing, AAA reported. While every hour may seem like rush hour in Los Angeles, try to drive outside high traffic hours such as lunch and late in the evening.
No junk in the trunk
According to AAA, it takes more fuel to transport a heavy car so limit the contents of your trunk and resist the urge to pack a compact car to the brim. The heavier your car, the more fuel it takes to accelerate.
Remove special carriers
If you aren’t using the bike rack, take it off the vehicle. Driving with a rack on your car can result in more fuel consumption.
Buy the cheaper gas
Unless your car manufacturer recommends it, using premium fuel doesn’t add any extra benefits, according to research from AAA. Motorists should consult their owner’s manual to see which gas they should use.