1. Keep an eye on the gas pumps
It may seem like an obvious answer but not everyone does it. You can download gas price apps or simply just search your local news site for gas updates. It also helps to avoid running your car's tank near empty. By doing so, you'll likely end up filling your tank up at the nearest gas station, regardless of price. Consider keeping an eye out for pump prices when you're around half a tank. That way, there's no urgency to fill up your tank and it buys you some time to search for the best gas price.
2. Give your car its regular tune-ups
Every car has different maintenance needs but it's important that you keep up to date on what's required for your specific vehicle. According to the government of Alberta, a poorly tuned engine can increase fuel consumption by up to 50%. And under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by 5%, not to mention the increased wear and tear on your tires. 1 By keeping your car maintained with regular check ups for tire pressure, engine tune-ups, and motor oil changes when necessary, you'll help save the gas in your tank.
3. Improve your driving habits
There are little habits you may have picked up throughout your time driving that may be impacting your tank. For example, do you find yourself idling your vehicle on a regular basis? Well, for every 10 minutes of idle time, the average three litre engine wastes over one cup of gas. 2 Another habit that may be impacting your tank is speeding. Just going 20 km over a 100 km/h speed limit can waste 20% more gas. 3 The key to burning less fuel is gentle acceleration and keeping your speed at a steady rate.
4. Consider a fuel-efficient vehicle
Cars are expensive, so switching to a fuel-efficient vehicle may not be in the books for everyone. But if you're on the market for a new car, a fuel-efficient vehicle may be a good idea. With an increased number of hybrid/electric vehicles being made by almost all car companies, there are tons of options for you to choose from. And not only will it help save money on gas, but it'll also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a cleaner environment.