by Harvey Bond
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
Gas prices have soared to nearly all time highs and it isn't exactly the fault of the consumer. When tracing why pump prices have escalated, you could determine that everything changed during the World Trade Center attacks and when the United States invaded Iraq.
However, the thought of plunging oil prices has remained but a thought!, the era of high gas & energy costs are with us for good. Oil markets have remained volatile largely due to the supposed volatility in supplies and oil-producing nations.
However, there are many ways to become slightly shielded on the effects of rising gas prices and help maintain a budget for the household. Here are some tips to save money on gas.
Minimize use of the car
As much as possible use the car only during long trips and travel by bus or foot if your destination is nearby. Not only will this method help save on money and gas but will also be beneficial for your health.
Taking long walks helps develop your cardiovascular condition, while taking the bus is definitely cheaper compared to the amount of gas you’ll consume and the parking fees.
In addition, teach your kids to commute in order to make them more familiar when going around the different places in your area and not rely too much on your presence if they need to go somewhere. Times have changed and people need a lot of streetsense in order to survive.
Regular maintenance of the car
While a car is a machine, it is also like a human that needs to be checked every few months. A car’s efficiency sharply drops when it running at optimum performance.
Basic maintenance that could be done by the driver includes checking the tire pressure, oil level and water for the cooling system. You can easily determine if a car is in poor condition if it struggles in accelerating especially during the straights or easily overheats.
Use fuel-efficient cars
Nowadays speed has become a secondary or even tertiary consideration in purchasing a car, and now efficiency is the name of the game given the challenging times.
Ideally, a car that will be used as a daily should offer outstanding mileage in terms of miles per gallon. You have an option to use hybrids, but this technology still remains in the developmental stage and are considerably more expensive that gas-powered vehicles.
There are gas-powered powered that run as much as 22-24 miles per gallon from notable car makers including Honda Motor Co, Toyota Motors Corp and General Motors.
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