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5 Tips for Saving Gas (& Money!)

Filling up on gas is one of those necessary evils of owning a car. Not only is it inconvenient, but it’s also expensive. If you’ve been spending a heavy buck on gasoline, you may be looking for a few ways to cut down the costs.

Here are 5 tips to help you save gas – and money!

Drive Smart

The best way to save gas on every trip is to drive safely. 

At over 50 mph, fuel efficiency starts to decline. So if speeding helps you get where you’re going a smidge faster, you better hope there’s a gas station nearby!

To improve your fuel efficiency, avoid speeding, breaking suddenly, and accelerating unnecessarily. Driving sensibly is not only great for your tank, but it keeps you safe as well. 

Limit Heavy Cargo

Driving with heavy cargo in the vehicle can force the engine to work harder. This is especially true for small cars that are not designed for transporting heavy things. 

To save gas, limit the time you drive with heavy cargo. If you must transport big things, rear-mounted cargo boxes are better than top-mounted storage. This is because cargo on top of the car decreases the aerodynamics, requiring more gas to push through wind resistance. 

Don’t Idle

One of the most common ways gas is wasted is when people leave their car on while it’s parked. If you’re leaving the vehicle, even for just a minute, it’s better to turn it off. It may seem like a small change, but the gas you save with this simple tip can add up over time. 

Before you power off the car, remember to also turn off all the devices connected to it. 

This includes the air conditioning, GPS, and any phone chargers plugged in. These devices increase demand on the engine when you start your car, and therefore they waste unnecessary gas. 

Keep Your Car In Good Shape

Another culprit that could be causing the increased need for gasoline could be the car itself. 

If your car is not in great shape, it will burn through more gas as it drives. Avoid this by keeping up with regular engine maintenance and tune-ups. You should also make sure your tires are well-inflated, especially before and after long drives. 

This will help your vehicle maintain fuel efficiency, and reduce the chances of any roadside breakdowns. 

Drive Less

The last (and most obvious) tip for saving gas is to simply drive less. 

Alternative methods might include using public transportation or carpooling with your coworkers. Or, if possible, work from home for a couple days of the week. 

Not only will these habits reduce the amount of time and money you spend at the pump, but it is also better for the environment!

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Safe and efficient driving is important, but still, accidents happen. When they do, you need a team of experienced towers and technicians that you can rely on. You need West Coast Towing!

We provide fast and reliable roadside assistance for all of Utah. We serve both personal and commercial vehicles, and there is no job too big for us to handle. If we can’t get you back on the road, we also provide timely towing services.

Rain or shine, night or day, West Coast Towing will be there to help. Call now!

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