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Buying gas is part of the budget for any car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to save money. The way you drive and take care of your car has a big effect on the amount of fuel you use, according to the U.S. Union of Concerned Scientists. Keep yourself from pouring all of your money into your gas tank by following these easy tips for maximizing your car’s fuel economy.

How to Conserve Fuel While Driving

Give your car some TLC

Cars consume less fuel and run best when they are maintained well. This means getting regular oil and filter changes, spark plug replacements, and tire rotations. By taking good care of your car, you can prevent future damage and also improve the fuel economy. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to figure out when each maintenance appointment should take place.

Drive the speed limit

Slow down — save the fast driving for the race car drivers. The Consumer Energy Center of the California Energy Commission said all vehicles lose fuel economy when driven at speeds above 55 miles per hour. As for highway driving, going 65 mph instead of 75 mph reduces fuel cost by 13 percent. Avoid driving aggressively to save fuel in both the city and on the highway by driving the speed limit.

Take advice from your smartphone

If you have an app on your phone that you can use to monitor traffic, check it before you leave the house. By doing this, you can plan an alternate route and avoid wasting gas from idling during your commute. Also consider using a smartphone app that finds the cheapest gas in your area. Not only will this save you money at the pump, but it will also keep you from wasting your time trying to find the best gas prices in your area.

Avoid idling for more than a minute

Unfortunately, your engine uses a little bit of gasoline at its initial start-up. According to the UCS, letting your engine idle for more than a minute can burn more gas than turning off your engine and restarting it. Avoid idling by checking traffic in advance, or considering purchasing a car with “stop-start” technology that automatically turns off the engine when you brake.

Carpool when you can

If you have a friend whose business is close to your office, consider carpooling with them to get to work. Sharing a ride to work with friends is an effective way to double your fuel economy. Alternate every other week for driving with your pals to save both of you money on gas.

Park in the shade

The UCS recommended parking in the shade during the summer. Not only does this keep your car cooler during warm temperatures but it also minimizes fuel evaporation. Park in a garage or under an awning during the summer if possible. This is an easy way to save you money at the gas pump.

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