Frugal Fill-Ups: Great Ways to Save

Dec 13, 2016 ​

Don't let all the extra driving during the holiday season drain your wallet - there are many ways to put an immediate dent in your gas bill.

Nothing will save you more money at the station than a fuel-efficient car. Large, heavy vehicles can burn up to three times as much fuel as small cars. So if it's time for a trade in, seriously consider purchasing a car that was built to get good gas mileage. 

The following tips will speed up your savings even further.

  1. Keep your tires filled with the right amount of air. You can find this information in your vehicle owner’s manual.
  2. Keep your clutch adjusted.  
  3. Use the manufacturer’s suggested engine oil and maintain its recommended level and cleanliness.
  4. Map your route with the flattest terrain and fewest stops – there are smartphone apps to help you plan.
  5. Use your air conditioner sparingly.
  6. Remove unused bike and luggage racks to make your car more aerodynamic.
  7. Keep the windows closed when traveling at high speeds.
  8. Leave for work earlier or later to avoid traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic.
  9. Remove heavy objects from the car – plan for a “haul away junk day” to load everything in your car.
  10. Bike, walk, or use public transportation whenever possible.
  11. When appropriate, turn the car off rather than letting it idle.
  12. Don't warm up newer model cars - most don't need it.
  13. Avoid traveling at fast speeds in low gears – this wastes gas and is bad for your engine.
  14. Drive the speed limit.
  15. Use cruise control on the open road, when safe.
  16. Accelerate slowly when leaving the stoplight.
  17. Buy gas with the lowest octane rating (check the owner’s manual).
  18. Don't rev your engine.
  19. Arrange for carpools to share the cost of gas.
  20. Avoid routes where construction work is being done, since the stop-and-go will use up a lot of gas.
  21. Use your navigation system (if available) to avoid getting lost and wasting gas.
  22. Combine errands into one trip when it makes sense.
  23. Use websites and mobile applications that list gas stations with the lowest prices.
  24. Drive conservatively and leave a buffer between you and the cars in front of you.
  25. Don’t “top off” at the gas pump – it’s bad for the environment and your vehicle!
  26. Don’t drive far out of your way to save a few pennies at another gas station. There are smartphone apps that offer you the best gas prices for the area of town you are in.
  27. Walk into restaurants instead of using the drive-through.
  28. Avoid circling the parking lot to find a space that is just a little bit closer.
  29. If your company has flexible benefits, ask your employer if they will let you work from home a few days per month.
As your credit union, we can to take the time to make sure that you are getting the most from your membership. Stop by a branch, or contact us to make an appointment to meet with us to identify ways that you can save all year long.

Content in this article was provided by BALANCE 

Big bank services, small town attitude.

Nusenda Credit Union. The Power of WE®.

Learn More