Gas saving tips

On July 1st, Ohio implemented a $.10 per gallon tax increase on gasoline. This tax increase is intended to be used to help cover the funding shortage for Ohio road maintenance and repair. If you drive 13,500 miles annually in a vehicle that averages 25 miles per gallon, you’ll pay $57 more per year for gasoline (or $1.10 per week). While $1.10 per week doesn’t sound like a large amount, those who travel longer distances or have vehicles whose mpg ratings aren’t as good could definitely feel their wallets getting lighter. To help offset the increased cost, we offer the following strategies to help get better mileage and save money.

1.)   Only carry what is necessary in your vehicle. Believe it or not, all the “stuff” that we carry in our vehicles adds up. The extra weight will decrease your fuel mileage.

2.)   Obey the speed limit. Driving faster than the speed limit does use more gas. Yes, we know it’s not as much fun, but it’s way safer, legal, and will save you gas.

3.)   Check your tires. Improperly inflated tires will decrease your fuel mileage. Check your owner’s manual to see what psi your tires require.

4.)   Get a good credit card.  If you are responsible with your credit purchases, many cards will give you cash back or rewards for filling up at the gas station.

We hope these tips help you save a few dollars. Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Tell us on Facebook!

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