Although there seems to be no cure for current gas prices, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs suggest ways that may dull the pain at the pump a bit. Since economists say they don’t know how high gas prices will go, here are tips that may help you get the most of each gallon.
- Combine trips. Run as many errands as possible in one trip and carpool when possible.
- Use overdrive gears and cruise control when appropriate. They improve fuel economy when highway driving.
- Slow down! You can cut your gas usage by driving the speed limit on interstates.
- Empty your trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk can reduce a typical car’s fuel economy by up to two percent.
- Maintain your vehicle. Keep your engine tuned and tires inflated and rotated.
- Try to accelerate and brake gradually whenever possible. “Jackrabbit” starts and stops can decrease efficiency up to five percent.
- Avoid long idles. Turn off your engine if you are waiting in your vehicle for a long time.
- Use the octane level you need. Your owner’s manual recommends the most effective octane level for your car.
The US Energy Department also has a website to let you find the gas station in your area with the lowest fuel prices.