10 ways to save money on gas or petrol

Oil, Gas, Petrol Prices have been skyrocketing due to the weakening US dollar and heavy speculation in world markets.

So I have one question to ask you today. Here it is . . . .

Will gas prices ever go down again? I wish I could say “yes”; however, there is no sign of a change in the near future. That is why we, the consumer, have to learn how to be frugal at the pump. I have arrived at 10 tips on how we can save money at the pump an also help preserve the environment.

#1 Make sure your car is serviced, regularly. Cars that do not run properly use more gas.

#2 Check your tire pressure, consistently. Over-inflated tires can reduce your fuel efficiency just as much as under-inflated tires.

#3 Try to avoid running your vehicle’s air conditioning unit. Running the air conditioner causes lower gas mileage. If you have to have the air conditioner on, then keep it at a low setting. Another alternative is to turn the air conditioner on until the car gets cool and then turn it off and let the fan circulate the cool air. If you are alone driving, just off the air conditioner and open your window 🙂

#4 Likewise, when traveling at high speeds, keep your windows closed. If you have your windows open when you are traveling at high speed, then the open window will cause a drag. The drag will lower your gas mileage.

#5 If you are traveling at fast speeds, then make sure your gears are not in low. Obviously, am I right?

#6 If you are stuck in traffic and will not be moving anytime soon, then it is a good idea to turn your engine off, instead of letting it idle for a period of time.

#7 Stop and go traffic hurts your gas mileage. So, if at all possible, change your work time to avoid the morning and evening rush hours. This may mean leaving earlier or later. The best is to work from home 🙂 and not to worry about the rat race!

#8 Do not let your car “warm up” on colder days and this does not apply in Malaysia but to you guys in the US and Europe. Again, you will lose gas mileage, if you let your vehicle idle for periods of time.

#9 Take unneeded items out of your car. Excessive weight just bogs down your car and gas mileage. Also recommended you to exercise or go on diet to have an ideal weight 🙂 (Like me, play futsal every evening)

#10 Plan your trips well to avoid unnecessary driving. If nearby like going to groceries or to buy an errant, just walk.

Remember that you do not have to be a victim at the pump. There are steps you can take that will prolong your visits to the gas station. Check the latest gas price here.

Guys, I got one more bonus tip for you . . .

Do not drive your car, just car pool with others. Or sell off your car and just take public transport example bus, LRT, monorail, etc, Or simply get one of the user friendly and cheap “convertible” . . . .below . . .

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8 Comments so far

  1. Azeman on May 16th, 2008

    I like your tip No. 7 most!!!

  2. roslimh on May 16th, 2008

    Hi Azeman,

    I know that is your best tip coz’ you are doing it now. Cheers to you.

    How about the ‘convertible’? 🙂

  3. uner on May 16th, 2008

    what a great sharing you have here.. and to point number 7.. I like it and that’s what I’ve been doing all these while 🙂

  4. roslimh on May 16th, 2008

    Hi uner,

    Thanks for coming in here. I know no. 7 is your cup of tea! How is yr Malaysiana goin’?

  5. zool on May 16th, 2008

    I like the picture

  6. roslimh on May 16th, 2008

    Hi zool,

    Terimakasih kerana melawat blog ini.

    Piala Thomas…tinggal Piala ajer …

  7. hanep on May 18th, 2008

    coooool tips.. and the pic too..
    eh eh.. nama sama?

  8. roslimh on May 19th, 2008

    Hi hanep,

    Thanks for visiting and your have a cool site too.

    Senama….hv you back from kampung?

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