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Saving Money on Gas Driving Smarter, Driving Cheaper

Anthony Dempster

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On July 3, 2008 the price of a barrel of oil hit an all time high at $145 a barrel. Will you remember this day in 10 years time? Probably not, because chances are that by then the price of oil will have hit many new highs.

The expensive cost of fuel is affecting everyone worldwide. In numerous cities around the world people are turning to public transport, cycling, walking, and any other cheaper means of getting around in order to cut down on their fuel bills. The relaxing Sunday drives that many people used to take are soon to be consigned to history.

For many of us though, being totally without a car is not an option - we need it to get to work, to visit our friends and family, to drop our kids off at school. What can we do to save money on gas?

Believe it or not, there are many simple tricks that we can all use to reduce our fuel costs - things that you may not have even thought about. Some of the more important ones include:

* Slowing down - driving just 10mph over the limit on the freeway dramatically makes your driving more expensive. Stick to the speed limit, it's not just safer, it's cheaper too. 56mph is the optimum speed for fuel consumption in most cars.

* Keep your tires inflated at the correct pressure - answer this honestly, when was the last time you checked your tire pressure? Under-inflated tires strain your engine, requiring it to work hard and burn more gas.

* Avoid sudden acceleration - we all like the sound our engine makes when we “open it up" and take off from the traffic lights. Understand that, when your engine sounds so good, it is burning your $$ at a very quick rate.

* Turning off the air-con - it's responsible for using up approximately 5% or more of the fuel in your tank.

* Driving smarter - if you see a red light in the distance, take your foot off the gas now. If you're stuck in a traffic jam try to keep your car rolling rather than stopping and starting - much the same as a heavy truck does.

These are just a few simple tips that can make a big difference to your fuel consumption and save you significant money on gas. Needless to say there are many more tips and tricks out there, and combining them all together has the potential to make a big difference to your wallet. Some of the latest publications even suggest that you can double your mileage - in these times of high fuel prices, books like this will become an essential part of everyday living.

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