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Maybe you’re planning on hitting the road this summer, or you just want to put more money in your pocket before then, there’s an ever-present rally cry to save some money on gas.  I mean, when’s the last time you heard someone complain they saved money at the pump?

But, until you can single-handedly dictate the price you pay to fill your tank, because we’re guessing that could take a while, we’ve got 5 tips to reduce the amount of gas you use and in the process save you money at the pump.

5 ways to save you money at the pump:

  1. Keep your car running well.
    Don’t skip out on routine maintenance.  Keep fuel pumps, hoses and belts in check can ensure the most efficient drive, which can save you money.  To find, a GarageFly.com mechanic near you click here.
  1. Watch your speed.
    The most economical speed is 55-65mph. Any faster, and fuel efficiency falls rapidly.  For example, driving at 85mph uses 40% more fuel than at 70mph.
  1. Check your tire pressure.
    Under-inflated car tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 3%, so check their pressure on a regular basis.
  1. Get a gas app.
    Search for gas apps on your phone to help you find the gas station with lowest prices near you.  Then consider a route which will take you near it to fill up for less.  Lastly, don’t drive till you’re on E.  An empty tank forces you to get gas at any price, not the lowest.
  1. Make your miles count.
    As you plan your day and week ahead, plan your errands and trips to include necessary stops along your route.  Avoiding individual or last minute trips for groceries or other errands can help reduce your miles and save you money.